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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:01 am 
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Joined: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:16 pm
Posts: 8
I just bought my first boat - a Pro Angler. Prior to this, the boat I've been on most is the Protection Island ferry in Nanaimo.

As a "New-be" - what do you suggest in an ideal tool kit? I've read most of the forum topics and seen obvious things pop-up as well as some unlikely items - cotter-pins for the rudder system.

I'll be mostly using my PA everyday to commute about a mile - sometimes after midnight - in the ocean between Protection Island and Nanaimo harbour in British Columbia.

Tool kit:

How many different sizes of screw heads and bolts are there - will just one screwdriver do it all - allen wrenches -

Special tools needed to fix the Mirage -

String, cords, cables -

knives, saws -

powered tools -

Safety/Emergency kit:

Lights -

Throwbags -

PFDs -

Attaching bow & stern docking ropes -

Dock bumpers -

Locks -

Bilge pump-

Towing cables -

Flares -

First aid kit -

Please make recommendations, suggestions and add to the list -



PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:13 pm 
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sat May 01, 2010 5:03 pm
Posts: 371
Location: Charlevoix, MI
Hey Andrew -
I'm a fresh water guy, so without knowing your area and conditions my imagination can only shudder at the possibilities! I would definitely add a GPS and marine band radio to the kit. The GPS has helped me immensely on Lake Michigan when the fog rolls in - dense fog is TOTALLY disorienting. I would also add an air horn.
Good luck on the commute.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:56 pm 
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Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:46 pm
Posts: 2749
Location: Escondido
Andrew, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new Hobie.

The first thing to do is get to know the Canadian Coast Guard. They will list for you required and recommended safety equipment, lighting regulations, rescue equipment and emergency communication procedures. Here's a place to start:

IMO, any preparation for on board repair, on the ocean, at night is a waste of equipment and tends to build a false confidence that can get you in trouble. Before you can repair anything on the water, you better know how to repair it in the shop. Even the simplist bench procedure becomes very difficult aboard with wet hands, a rolling sea and plenty of scupper holes to drop your parts in.

You're much better off concentrating on how to get to shore -- you can fix the boat later.

1. Know your equipment and how to operate it in emergency situations. If you lose rudder control for instance, learn how to use your paddle as a rudder. You can break almost anything on the Drive and it will still function well enough to get you home if you know how to deal with it.

2. Perform preventive maintenance regularly. Most breakdowns give plenty of advance warning and are therefore preventable, but only if you take the time to thoroughly inspect your equipment.

3. Practice emergencies, just like pilots do. They can't pull over and fix their planes either.

4. Dress for the occasion (in case you find yourself in the water in winter for instance). Get good equipment.

5. Keep your hatches closed and your eyes on the water. There's nothing like an unseen swell or wake to knock you off the boat when you're not looking.

6. When in doubt, leave the boat at the dock and take the ferry. Even in good weather, harbor entrances can be tricky. The more experience you gain, the better your judgment will become! 8)

PS. I saw your other post about the possibility of carrying a passenger. That's a great recipe for disaster. Put the notion out of your mind.

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