Boating Checklist Ankeny IA

Is your boat ready to make waves this summer? Use this handy boating checklist and leave doubt in your wake. This checklist assumes you've done all the maintenance checks and have been keeping your boat winterized and up-to-date. If you have a galley and sleeping quarters, see our RV Checklist for an idea of what household items you'll want to bring onboard your floating home.

Bike Country
(515) 964-5623
825 E 1st St
Ankeny, IA
 
Harrisons Sports
(515) 963-9717
2010 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
 
Dunham's Sporting Goods
(515) 276-9455
3800 Merle Hay Rd Ste 960
Des Moines, IA
 
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment
(515) 251-7877
3700 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Hometeam Sporting Goods
(515) 265-3737
5511 E University Ave
Pleasant Hill, IA
 
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment
(515) 963-0900
1605 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
 
Action Accents Team Center
(515) 277-7365
5601 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Back Country Outfitters
(515) 255-0031
2702 Beaver Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Casey's Bait & Tackle
(515) 262-2760
2243 Easton Blvd
Des Moines, IA
 
Country Sport Inc
(515) 255-0031
Des Moines, IA
 

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This checklist assumes you've done all the maintenance checks and have been keeping your boat winterized and up-to-date. If you have a galley and sleeping quarters, see our RV Checklist for an idea of what household items you'll want to bring onboard your floating home.

Before you Head Out on the Water

  • Leave your itinerary with friends or family - include a description of your boat
  • Charts of the area and compasses
  • Registration certificate or documentation
  • Check to ensure batteries are fully charged, covered, securely fastened down
  • Check all gauges, signals, electronic devices

Safety Equipment

Equipment isn't enough. Be sure that everyone on your boat is familiar with the safe workings of the vessel, is securely fit into their life jacket and knows how to call for help in case of an emergency.

  • Wearable personal flotation devices (or PFDs, a.k.a. life jackets) that are:
    • Coast Guard approved
    • In good condition
    • Assigned and properly fitted to each person aboard
    • Easily accessible
    • Right type for the kind of boating you plan on doing.
  • Throwable PFDs (life ring)
  • ABC fire extinguisher(s) - for types of fires
  • Visual distress signals (orange smoke, flares, orange distress flags and / or electric distress lights)
  • Air horns and / or whistles
  • Anchor line and anchor
  • First aid kit (see First Aid Checklist for details)
  • Radio - either very high frequency (VHF) or single side band (SSB)
  • Tool kit
  • Bilge pump
  • Bright flashlight or searchlight
  • Navigation lights (spare bulbs)
  • Alternate propulsion - paddle or oar

Personal Items

Because the chances of getting wet are high and the temperature on the water lower than onshore, be sure to bring extra layers and a change of warm clothes. Of course, you'll also need:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses (floatable versions are a good idea)
  • Binoculars
  • AM radio (static warns of nearby lightning)
  • Drinking wat...

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