Can you tell the difference between a propeller wrench and a ratchet set, or a tie strap and a zip tie? Know what spark plugs, fuses and bulbs you need to replace all of the ones on your boat if one fails? If you consider yourself a boating supply expert, take our quiz to prove it!
When you're heading out onto the water, it's important to prepare carefully for your trip. And while most people wouldn't set foot aboard a boat without a swimsuit, shades and a cooler full of cold drinks, far too many fail to prepare for all the things that can go wrong at sea. Sure, bring your beach towel and snacks, but it's also critical to take the time to pack tools and supplies you might need to stay safe and ensure your trip is a success.
You only need to check out how many boats are having trouble each year to know that trouble at sea is far too common. Of the 11 million recreational boats registered in the U.S., the Coast Guard reported 4,463 accidents in 2016, with 701 deaths -- that's 5.9 deaths for every 100,000 registered pleasure boats. Turns out, a day at sea isn't exactly a day at the beach.
The good news is you can reduce your risk of accident or injury with careful preparation and planning. That means avoid drinking while boating, learn how to operate your vessel safely, wear your life jacket -- and make sure your boat is stocked with all the right tools to keep you safe.
Think you know everything you should have aboard your boat? Take our quiz to find out!