"New to Us" new boat for us

Old 08-10-2018, 03:41 PM
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After 20+yrs of pseudo boat ownership (in-laws boat we've used as our own), we are upgrading from a 1991 20' Four Winns (Open Bow) to a 34' Formula PC. Yeah, I know, BIG JUMP

After various mechanical/hull surveys and inspections, price negotiations, broker discussions and sea worthiness testing, we should be powering it back from Cleveland to Buffalo next week (along with a recommended sea captain as we are very new to this size/power boat).

Questions: Besides the necessary safety equipment (radios, batteries, water, etc), fenders and dock lines, what else is absolutely necessary to have on board at all times for a boat like this which we do plan to overnight on (dockside) on occasion. (Yes, Beer. I know that one).

What cleaners do you use? Broom and scrubbers? First aid kit, right? a few buckets? That thing that you always need/newbies would forget to have on board? What else....I feel very new to this boating/camping thing.

Any help appreciated!
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:25 AM
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Congrats on the new boat! I keep a well stocked first aid kit along with some sunscreen spray. I bought a tool set from Harbor Freight that has 4 drawers of tools. It didn't cost much and so far it's had everything I have needed, and everything worked! I also have a fuse kit from Harbor Freight that has different size and fuse amperages. I keep misc screws and electrical connectors along with a cheap electric meter. Electrical tape can be a lifesaver if necessary.

Get at least one 5 gallon bucket, I keep 3-4 on the boat because they simply stack within each other. Keep plenty of dock lines, I find the 20' lines are best. They are usually long enough for anything you need them for yet not real long with a bunch of loose line laying around. Get a squeegee with a handle long enough to clean off your windshield inside and out. If you dock overnight you will find dew or fog on the inside and outside of the windshield. I keep a spray bottle of cleaner like Simple Green and have plenty of rags. I also keep Magic Erasers in the boat for cleaning stuff off of the floor or wherever. I don't keep much of the cleaning stuff in the boat, this is what my dock box is for.

I always keep 2 anchors in the boat both with 200' of anchor rode/line. I carry a spare prop and prop wrench too. A bottle of trans fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil too.

I have owned boats for over 40 years so I have just learned what I need usually because of a problem. I think others will chime in with suggestions and I will post anything I think of.
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:14 AM
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Congratulations! Any pics of the new boat?
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:35 AM
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Congrats on the new boat!
Don't worry too much about the jump up.
I went from a 19' Bayliner (still have it) to a 31' cabin. It's a little scary at first, but having a hired captain with you on the first run is a good idea. (I didn't and I was fine).
Plan ahead on how to dock etc. Who does what? All passengers should either have a specific task that they understand and will perform when you tell them to, or they should stay out of the way. Most problems occur when passengers are trying to help but don't know what they're doing, when to do it, or just plain get in your way.
Make sure your electronics are up to date. If you plan on boating even when the weather is not perfect, get the Sirius Weather receiver and subscription.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:42 AM
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The others have posted good ideas. Here's a few more:

Storage: For storing repair items, first aid kits, etc., etc., get a few watertight storage boxes like this as they keep out moisture, mildew, etc. Long-term, they are a cheap god-send for avoiding a stinky boat and throwing out relatively new stuff.

Other Storage: Find areas on your new boat, then select some stacking storage containers that hold sweaters, towels, raingear, etc -- both for you *and* for your guests. We used those under-the-bed storage boxes as our storage area stayed dry.

Lines: Bite the bullet and get good lines. One set for your dock, and another set for traveling. Minimum of 6 lines, for our 35' boat, I got 5/8" lines. Size of your slip determines at-home lines. For the traveling set, I'd get four 20' lines and two 25' lines. You never know how big a slip you get assigned...

Fenders: Don't skimp here either. Get at least two of the bigger Taylor through-hole fenders and think about one of those board fenders for keeping off a center vertical piling or pole. String lines through the fenders right away and keep them stored with lines attached so they will be ready when you need them.

Docking: With your old boat it was easy for someone to push off a piling. With the heft of your new boat, they can quite easily break an arm (as my dock neighbor did). I usually tell my guests to relax and keep their hands inside the boat.

Take-Alongs: When we cruised a lot, I used two of those plastic milk crates for things we might need in a transient slip: water hose, shore power cord, multiple power adapters, Y-spigot fitting, hose sprayer, dock mat, bag of grilling tools, etc.
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