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Post Posted: 08:13am - May 13,11 
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i have the free phamplets in the store for the rules and regs fed and illinois

but lets go down the list
#1 life preservers in good conditon uscg rated proper size for every person on boad
most states now require childern under the age of 12 or 14 (not sure) to wear life preservers when boat is under way and children are on open decks
also a throwable is required and 50" of rope attached to it is recomemded
flare kit (up to date flares )
lights
bailing device
ancor and rope MIN 50'
fire ext
paddle for boats under 16'
blower for all inborads and IOs
horn or whistle
law also requires you to have a boat properly registered and papers on baoard
"i highly recomend a decent ship to shore radio properly hooked to a gps unit witha dsc button"

be safe out there the fun is over if some one gets hurt

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Post Posted: 08:49am - May 15,11 
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four winns

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Post Posted: 09:16am - May 15,11 
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For my birthday my wife gave a Farve #4 Vikings T-shirt jersey. Immediately, I cut it down into a rag. It will work well for wiping up fish slime and bait guts. And if nature calls, it is perfect for wiping crap on.

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Post Posted: 05:42am - Jun 28,11 
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On the Sarah Lindsey we should have a spare boat :)

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Post Posted: 09:20am - Jun 28,11 
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They used to require a paddle on a 22ft that I owned, even while admitting it was not much use. Also make sure you have adequate anchor line. ?You may need to anchor in deep water to avoid blowing out to sea.

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Post Posted: 03:55pm - Jun 28,11 
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HOOK REMOVER TOOLS AND OR INSTRUCTIONS.
Ya, I know, it will never be me, but when it does happen and you don't have what you need, you will never be with out it again.

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Post Posted: 12:08pm - Jun 29,11 
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Don't forget wire cutters if you are trolling with down riggers in Wiscoland

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Post Posted: 09:27pm - Mar 17,12 
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I saw fuses mentioned, and wanted to add that they should be ATC not ATO for most marine apps. The ATO will arc when it blows, the ATC is contained. The O is for open. There is an uninsulated "window" around the fuse material, so you can check the circuit without stripping wire etc. The C is for closed and the inspection hole is sealed but viewable. Other than that they are interchangeable. Same obviously goes for replacement starters, alternators etc. on inboard engines. NO SPARKS! They must be Marine units!

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Post Posted: 10:27pm - Mar 17,12 
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Emergency blanket, insect repellant, mirror, n distress flag :winker

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Post Posted: 10:11pm - Apr 6,13 
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spare trolling motor prop & nut

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Post Posted: 06:19am - Apr 7,13 
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Paul S. wrote:
For my birthday my wife gave a Farve #4 Vikings T-shirt jersey. Immediately, I cut it down into a rag. It will work well for wiping up fish slime and bait guts. And if nature calls, it is perfect for wiping crap on.


Nice!! :gpost

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Post Posted: 07:15pm - Jan 27,14 
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http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/ ... fault.aspx

right column has all uscg list needed

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Post Posted: 09:18am - Jan 29,14 
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Drift sock. Good to have around if the motor gives out in some rough weather (part of your Big Lake safety checklist). Keeps your bow aimed into the waves. I saw you have an anchor on the list with 50' + rope. I would go with at least 300' if you are out on Lake Michigan. You need enough anchor rode to set a storm anchor if trouble arises.

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Post Posted: 09:31am - Jan 29,14 
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AKA-Fishcatcher wrote:
Drift sock. Good to have around if the motor gives out in some rough weather (part of your Big Lake safety checklist). Keeps your bow aimed into the waves. I saw you have an anchor on the list with 50' + rope. I would go with at least 300' if you are out on Lake Michigan. You need enough anchor rode to set a storm anchor if trouble arises.


I don't have room to store 300 ft of anchor rope. My boat is too small.

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Post Posted: 05:33pm - Mar 9,15 
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Really, I think what you need varies a lot depending on your specific rig and where you are going as well.

I pretty much always have all of the required safety equipment (fire estinguisher, whistle, pfds), along with first aid kit, cell phone, camera, water, rain gear, radio, basic tool kit, duct tape, a large cup to bail water, knife/heavy scissors to cut anchor rope (and bait), 2-3 hand held lights, extra batteries, at least two anchors, and oars. That's for a small boat and trips generally at nights.

If you're going to be out on a large body of water or for an extended time in the hot sun, then you'll need some more items for sure (sunscreen, extra water, snacks).

The most essential "every trip" things I liked to keep in a dry-box in the boat, much easier than trying to round everything up every time.

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Post Posted: 07:49pm - Apr 24,16 
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Sunscreen, flashlight, batteries for flashlight, The Leatherman Tool, Wet Wipes, binoculars

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Post Posted: 07:18pm - May 8,17 
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Cell phone

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Post Posted: 07:48pm - May 8,17 
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