Originally Posted by wbshaw
Does anyone have a good link to a list of essential and recommended gear for a typical 30' weekender? I'd like lists broken down (if available) into categories such as deck hardware, electronics, safety equipment, galley, head, etc.
I'd like to take the lists and research typical prices for replacement items so I can better assess how good a "deal" some project boats might be that I'm looking at.
I realize that the lists will vary greatly by boat model and size, but I'm only looking for a starting point for now and a more generalized list would be suitable at this stage.
PFDs for each person aboard—preferably with strobe, whistle and retroreflective patches
Type IV throwable PFD
LifeSling2 optional but highly recommended
Flares, four handheld red, four handheld white, four parachute red, preferably SOLAS rated.
Horn—preferably two, one mouth powered, one compressed air powered—I like the EcoHorn which uses compressed air and is re-fillable with an ordinary bicycle pump
Safety Harnesses for each person, particularly if singlehanding at all
Safety Tethers for each person, particularly if singlehanding at all
Navigation lights, deck level
Masthead Tricolor, optional, but recommended for offshore use
Fire Extinguishers, at least two Type I, but preferably three Type II
stanchions and lifelines,
docklines with chafe protection,
Backup GPS unit, handheld with spare batteries preferably
RADAR, if operating in areas with prevalent fog, like Maine
Cooler, Ice Box or refrigerator
Toilet Paper in waterproof holder
Solar Shower, if no hot pressure water on boat