A pal of mine bought a rib..........
........a few weeks ago and asked me the very same question. I compiled the attached list. Lou's takes this a step further however, here are my thoughts for what they're worth.
Hi Paul, Fabulous news about the Medline Ė welcome to the club !
As discussed I look forward to seeing you some time over the Bank Holiday. In the meantime, Iíve detailed a few things you might like to consider purchasing as and when youíre in the mood. Iíve detailed these in order of priority, my priority at least. Of course I have all the following plus numerous other additions beyond the usual requirement of a weekend boater. To be honest, you donítí need all these however, Iíd give very careful consideration to the first 20 .
1. Insurance. Mardon Marine 01743 232688.
2. Engine Lock Ė Wheel Clamp Ė Tow Hitch Lock. When asked by the above if you have these, say yes.
3. Flushing Phones for cleaning the engine.
4. Anchor. A ďBruce AnchorĒ with 5 mtrs of medium weight ground chain Ė a minimum of 20 mtrs anchor rope (this can also be used for towing either you or another stranded vessel). I have 2 anchors, but thatís me, I also wear two condoms !!! More often than not anchor ropes are sold ready spliced with an eye in the end Ė ask for this type.
5. Life Jackets. The number depends on how many people at any one time you plan to take aboard. Without question you should have at least two. Jet-ski types are fine if you already have them but bulky and uncomfortable over clothes. Further, they donít right you if unconscious and face down in the sea. If buying new ones, purchase sailing types with a minimum of 150 Newtonís buoyancy. The Skippers should be a fully automatic, the rest can be manual. Reasons that if not obvious Iíll explain later.
6. A set of flares, a small set is perfectly adequate, donít be sold into something too fancy / expensive - say £100.
7. VHF. Waterproof Ė submersible. £150 ish, no more.
8. Rope. Braided decent quality medium weight for tying up on a pontoon, rafting up with friendís etc. You should have enough to split into three lengths of about 10ft a length.
9. First Aid Kit.
10. Fire Extinguisher.
11. KNIFE / Multi-tool (Leatherman Ė Gerber). Not just cosmetic but also very handy if you get a rope around the prop.
12. 3 to 4 small fenders (not white as they mark and are hard to clean).
13. 10 litre jerry can (U.S Army Jeep type) full of fuel and carried under the rear bench seat.
14. General Purpose tool kit (one of those in a brief case £19.99)
15. A 2nd / spare dead mans cord, again Iíll explain later (£5.00).
16. Spare Fuses. Two of all those found on engine and under console.
17. GPS / Compass.
19. Sonar (Fishfinder).
20. Training Course. Minimum Powerboat Level 2 (£100)
21. Thermos Flask.
In addition to the above I carry;
Useful telephone numbers (RNLI- Coast Guard - Harbour Master)
Tube repair kit
Compass, etc etc.
Anyway, thereís something for you to think about ?
p.s I know a decent I.F.A if you need a loan !!!!!
See ya soon,
Fair Winds, Smooth Seas and Safe Passages,
Buy it & Use it, then sell it and buy something bigger