Boating Checklist South Burlington VT

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.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(802) 288-9854
Maple Tree Place
Williston, VT
 
Classic Outfitters
(802) 860-7375
861 Williston Rd
South Burlington, VT
 
Women's Source for Sports
(802) 863-3233
340 Dorset St
South Burlington, VT
 
American Eagle Outfitters
(802) 658-4042
155 Dorset St Ste H4
South Burlington, VT
 
Sport Dinaco Corporation
(802) 862-3347
102 Kimball Ave Ste 12
South Burlington, VT
 
Play It Again Sports
(802) 865-3021
150 Dorset St Ste 220
South Burlington, VT
 
Mills and Greer Sports Headquarters
(802) 864-0291
8 Dorset St
South Burlington, VT
 
Classic Outfitters
(802) 860-7375
861 Williston Rd
South Burlington, VT
 
Mills & Greer Sporting Goods
(802) 864-0291
10 Dorset St
South Burlington, VT
 
Olympia Sports
(802) 862-3169
155 Dorset St
South Burlington, VT
 

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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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