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Radio is a must Chad, and a first aid kit on the boat. I have the http://www.boatus.com/towing/gettowing/services.asp towing ins., so if I break down anywhere anytime, they'll tow me in for free. Only cost $72 a year, and can be reached through the ship to shore. Also you could get one of these that would be a great life saving device in an emergency situation..... http://www.epirb.com/ , I plan to have one in the future, can use it on water or ice or wilderness. Great piece of mind, especially if you go alone often.
 

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First thing is have your life jacket/vest on. Rule in my boat is "If the Main is on, the vest is on!" and I never store them when on the water.

Always carry an anchor and a rope long enough to keep your boat from drifting off and keep the bow pointing into the waves. For the bay I keep 150' of rope.

Make sure you know how to use your flares, nothing worse than having to read the directions when you need them.

I try to practice some situations like falling out of the boat and trying to get back in, I do have a buddy in the boat though just in case I need help.
 

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I fished out of a 1968 Larson for years , it ran great but I always had Towboat insurance on it just in case. Last year I got a newer boat and I still get Towboat USA, its cheap insurance. This year the first thing I did before I put the boat in the water was put in a VHF radio.
 

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VHF Radio, fixed mount, know how to use it.
Life Jacket, wear it!
Kill switch, connect it!
Fire extinguisher, at least one. Make sure it is good.
First aid kit.

I also carry a PLB, hand held VHF, and a cell phone.


Be safe, and good fishing!
 

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All I have is a pocket flask and a 9mm.
 

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My bro in law bought the tow insurance, $80 ish a year, his first trip out on the bay and the boat developed a bad spot in the shift control box, and it wouldn't start after they got out 20 miles, and needed towed. He said the tow boat would have charged $750 if he didn't have the insurance.
 

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Always wear my life jacket, plus I have a satellite locator tied in my vest.

Kill switch is smart.

9.9 hp kicker for trolling and its big enough to get me home.

Rope, throwable, radio, jump starter and tools.
 
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