"New to Us" new boat for us


Old 08-10-2018, 02:41 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 08-14-2018, 11:25 PM
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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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