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Going Offshore? Here's a checklist to help you get ready


Have fun out there in the ocean, but be safe!            source: travelismo.com

Heading offshore can be a very rewarding experience. Plowing through the blue waves and reeling in a thirty pound prize can make for a fantastic day. However, it can also be quite dangerous if you are not prepared. So in order to prevent your dream day from turning into a nightmare, here is a checklist to make sure you bring everything you will need on the trip. It is divided into two categories: essential items and highly recommended supplies.

Essential Items

1) Life jackets for everyone on board: check out www.examiner.com/x-21364-Jacksonville-Boating-Examiner~y2009m9d1-Life-jackets-What-you-know-can-save-a-life for help on choosing the correct ones.

2) Signal flares, a signal mirror, and a storm whistle

3) A VHF radio

4) Navigational tools: usually an offshore GPS, or a compass and charts

5) Weather gear: sunscreen, foul weather clothing, etc

6) Boating and saltwater fishing licenses, and the boat registration

7) The boat plug: you would be surprised how many people forget this vital piece of equipment

Highly Recommended Supplies

1) A few extra drums of gasoline

2) High energy food snacks: I would recommend Cliff bars or crackers with peanut butter

3) A tow rope: for you or to help someone else

4) A solid sheath knife

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