What Every Boater Should Have On-board!
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 11:02am

Here is your don't forget list!

We love collating a list, so we decided to share the essentials that every boater should have on board.


You will save yourself a lot of anguish and maybe even a life if you and your boat are properly equipped!

Don’t leave the shore without checking you have these essentials on board for a safe, pleasurable and prepared journey!

  • Folding chairs and table for outdoor use
  • BBQ
  • Hose pipe
  • Watering can

  • Bedding
  • Throws for the sofa
  • Towels
  • Tea towels/dish cloths

  • A battery powered vacuum cleaner
  • Spare portable toilet (just in case)
  • Paper work – insurance, boat safety certificate 
  • 2 x windlasses
  • 2 x lump hammers – one spare
  • 3 x mooring stakes – one spare
  • 3 x mooring chains – one spare
  • British Waterways key
  • Anchor, chain and rope
  • Weed hatch tools
  • A set of tools
  • Roof furniture – Pole, plank, centre rope and boat hook

  • Coal, kindling and firelighters
  • Lighter or matches
  • A spare gas cylinder
  • Oil
  • Spare grease for the greaser
  • A dipstick for the fuel tank

  • Carbon monoxide monitor
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Stove top fan
  • Oil
  • Spare grease for the greaser
  • A dipstick for the fuel tank

  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Torches
  • Light bulbs
  • Phones/charger 
  • I pod/charger
  • Tablets/charger
  • Computer/charger
  • Camera

  • Waterproofs
  • Wellington boots
  • Sun hats and sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves
  • Fleece hats and tops
  • Life jackets

  • Collin’s reference books for flowers, trees and birds
  • A pair of binoculars
  • Emergency food
  • Cleaning products
  • First Aid Kit

Depending on the length of your journey don't forget to pack enough clothes and food. You can always top up the larder during your journey, but its always nice to have the essentials on board to start off, so the first few miles cruising are not spent desperate for a cuppa and a biscuit!

And lastly 'Have A Great Time!'

Is there anything else we should add to the list?