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Carrying tools and spare parts is the best way to ensure you'll have a successful journey. Your boat should have the following safety equipment, parts and tools accessible anytime it leaves the dock.

Supplies & Spare Parts


  • Tow Boat membership
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • 1 spare impeller per engine
  • 1 spare fuel filter per engine
  • First aid kit
  • Manual or hand bilge pump
  • Engine oil
  • Transmission oil
  • Coolant


Legal Requirements


  • State or Federal Registration
  • Life Jackets
  • Sound producing device
  • Throwable
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Visual distress signals
  • Navigation lights





  • Impeller puller
  • Pipe wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket set from 1/4" to 3/4"
  • Filter wrench
  • Vice grips
  • Electrical multimeter
  • Wire strippers
  • Head lamp


Read a detailed list on the Coast Guard Auxiliary website.

Vessel Self-Evaluation

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