6 Things to Always Have on Your Boat

These are the things you'll want to always keep on your boat.

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There are plenty of cool accessories you'll want to add to your boat as soon as you get it, whether you're a serious angler or just a casual fan of being out on the water.

But let's get serious for a second: There are certain things you'll want to have, then there are things that are absolutely, positively necessary to consider yourself ready to take on the responsibilities of being a boat owner.

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These six things are all vital to have on your boat. The first three are ultra important, and the last three add a little more fun to the experience.

See what you think, and consider this list as a good one to follow.

1. PFDs

Duh. It's the law. Do we really need to tell you this?

2. Communication device

Not every cell phone can be relied upon when out in the middle of a large body of water.

Make sure you've got backup communication systems, and guarantee they're going to work no matter what.

3. Proper Paperwork

It might seem like a pain in the butt, but having proof or ownership and insurance coverage onboard is a good habit to form. 

This way you'll be able to access info should something go awry.

4. Food and Water

It's helpful to have some stashed away food and snacks for emergencies, but you don't have to necessarily look at it like a dull, bland meal eaten in a survival situation.

As long as you're replenishing things often enough, consider making it a snack you and your boat mates would actually enjoy. Nuts, dried meats, or granola bars have nice long shelf lives, and are far better than a dehydrated MRE.

5. Electronic GPS Map System

Though they can sometimes trend on the expensive side, a GPS system for your boat is a must-have if you want to truly immerse yourself in the experience.

Take your boat farther with the trust that you'll be able to find your way back.

6. Cleaning Kit

You'll naturally want to keep your boat in shipshape, so there's little reason not to try and knock out all the cleaning duties you'll need to tend to with as little equipment as possible.

Simple accessory attachments on sturdy telescoping poles are the way to go. Some even include options for fishing accessories or camera attachments. They're well worth the investment.

Now that' you've filled your boat with the necessities each owner should have, it's time to add even more. What will be your next addition?