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Seven items you need to purchase when buying a boat

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It’s important to understand that when you buy a boat, you’ll also have to buy several other items to ensure the vehicle is safe for passengers, looks its best, and is protected from the elements.

Statistics indicate that boating remains a very popular leisure and recreational activity. Perhaps you’re among the many who are considering purchasing a boat in the near future.

If so, it’s important to understand that when you buy a boat, you’ll also have to buy several other items to ensure the vehicle is safe for passengers, looks its best, and is protected from the elements. The following are just a few noteworthy examples:

Barrier paint
Naturally, you want your boat to look impressive. To ensure it does, you may need to give it a new paint job from time to time. 

However, paint doesn’t just improve a boat’s appearance. Barrier paint also serves to protect the hull from damage. Stock up on it early when you first purchase a boat.

It’s also a good idea to purchase boat engine and motor spray paint. While typical barrier paint will protect the hull, engine and motor spray paint will protect essential components that may otherwise be prone to rust.

Cover
Even if you keep your boat in an indoor enclosure when you’re not using it, it’s still a good idea to invest in a cover. This will further protect your boat from the elements.

Life jackets
Depending on where you take your boat, you may decide to go for a swim while out on the water. If so, you’ll need life jackets. Additionally, in some states, children of a certain age may be legally required to wear life jackets when on a boat. In general, most states have laws regarding the presence of life jackets on water vessels. Research the laws in your area (or the area where you plan on boating), and make sure you’ve purchased all necessary safety equipment ahead of time before taking your boat out.

Extinguishers
A fire can break out on a boat for many potential reasons. If one does, you need to be prepared to put it out with a marine fire extinguisher.

Navigation tools
Equipping your boat with the proper navigation tools will prevent you from getting lost, which can be very dangerous if you run out of fuel. Items to strongly consider buying include GPS systems, depth finders, marine compasses, marine binoculars, marine stereo systems, and, of course, charts and maps.

Leisure items
To fully enjoy your investment, you’ll want to purchase items to maximize your comfort and leisure while on a boat. A basic example would be boat seats. You might also want to purchase a boat-friendly grill, fishing rods, and anything else that you believe would make the experience of being out on the water more pleasant for you and your guests.

Winterization items
If the region in which you’ll be keeping your boat gets cold during the winter, protect it by purchasing winterization items. These include marine antifreeze, boat heaters and dehumidifiers, mold and mildew protection items, and boat shrink wrap. Many boat supply companies offer full winterization kits, providing everything you need to protect your boat from the cold weather in one convenient package.

None of this is meant to overwhelm you. Owning a boat can and should be a very rewarding experience. It’s simply more likely to be if you stock up on all necessary items early.

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