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  1. #1
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    Default Additional items for new boat

    I know these seem like simple questions but since this is my first boat, I figured I would ask the pros especially if there are clear choices I am not aware of. I have a list of items to get together that I have pulled from past posts on this forum but I am trying to finalize a couple of smaller items on my list.

    1. I have already purchased the jumper balls for fenders since that was recommended here but what do most people use to attach these to the boats and what length?

    2. I am also looking at the box anchor. I know they claim that you need less line with the box anchor. Do you use an anchor buddy type of product or something else and once again, what length. I know this varies depending on conditions. Our boat will rarely be kept on the water and when it is, it will likely be anchored off shore.

    3. What do people use for dock lines to tie to the dock if needed and is there a recommended length.

    4. Do I really need a tow rope?

    As you can tell, I am not exactly sure what I need as far as ropes/lines go because I wasn't sure if some of these can cross over and be used for multiple different purposes. I do want to make sure if purchase what I need though.

    Thanks for your help!


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    Jesse

    2014 Mondo

  2. #2
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    Lake wallenpaupack PA
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    I always carry towropes. There are a lot of crappy boats on the lake that may need your help... I just used 2 of the heavier tube ropes. Hook one each to your tie downs and the other ends to the bow eye of the other boat

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    1. I prefer 5.8 rops and between 6-9ft in length. This gives enough length to drop the ball to the needed hieght and still tie off to your tower, or cleats.

    2. I have 2 sections of rope i use. 2x 100ft, I normally only need the 100 but then I have the second if i need it.
    I dont use an anchor buddy, If my boat is tied up its normally shallow enough I can walk out to it.

    3. As above I prefer 5/8 ropes. 6-9ft I have several tied to my Exile Balls, then I keep 4 extra on the boat for what ever reasons I need them.

    4. I have a pretty heavy duty rope I use to tow the big air plane wing tube we have. I use this if i need to tow someone in.

    I have found the most important thing on the boat is Knife, flashlight, Fuses, Needle nose, reg plyers, cresent wrench, flat screw driver, philips driver, 3/8 ratchet kit with sizes from 8mm-9/16th. That covers almost any size you might need for an on the water repair.

    I also carry 2 rider flags, incase I lose one or someone on the water needs 1. I have a real nice one then I always grab a couple cheap ones when I'm at the dealer or someplace offering them.
    Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
    2013 Mojo 2.5 Skylon Tower. Bestia < Beast >
    Exile ZLD
    6 SX65M Cabins
    6 XM9 Towers
    1 XI Big 15 Woofer in a custom Fiberglass box
    1 XI 1K Harpoon
    2 XI 800.4
    1 XI 2500.1
    2 Interstate 2400U 6V Golf Cart Batterties
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmandley View Post
    I also carry 2 rider flags, incase I lose one or someone on the water needs 1. I have a real nice one then I always grab a couple cheap ones when I'm at the dealer or someplace offering them.
    I should send you mine. I always carry the main one and 2 spares for the guy that drops it in the lake, but they are not needed out here. I did have to start carrying flares when heading out into the green bay harbor to the sandbar to party. expensive to buy and they have an expiration date. heard it's a hefty fine if you don't have them.
    '06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten

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    I would suggest reading up on the laws in your state (and any state that you boat in) as some have different rules. For instance I just discovered last year that IL requires you to carry a whistle that can be heard for at least 1/2 mile. I'm not sure if its required in all states, but many require a throwable flotation device SEPARATE from the individual PFDs needed for each person on the boat.

    Other than the laws and what others have mentioned, the only thing I would add is a fire extinguisher.
    Mike

    2013 Outback V
    2003 SeaRay 182 -- gone but not forgotten...

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    I carry a all in one tool kit in my boat that has wrenches, socket set, pliers, screwdrivers, etc. It is all in one self contained kit and it has come in handy for me and other boats many times.
    2008 Moomba Mobius LSV Ballast III (stock), Heater, Roswell Quad Spin Pro, Bimini

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandm View Post
    I should send you mine. I always carry the main one and 2 spares for the guy that drops it in the lake, but they are not needed out here. I did have to start carrying flares when heading out into the green bay harbor to the sandbar to party. expensive to buy and they have an expiration date. heard it's a hefty fine if you don't have them.
    Sure I'll take it bro.
    I'll be happy to pay shipping, 97111
    Let me know what I owe you.
    Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
    2013 Mojo 2.5 Skylon Tower. Bestia < Beast >
    Exile ZLD
    6 SX65M Cabins
    6 XM9 Towers
    1 XI Big 15 Woofer in a custom Fiberglass box
    1 XI 1K Harpoon
    2 XI 800.4
    1 XI 2500.1
    2 Interstate 2400U 6V Golf Cart Batterties
    Custom 1 Off Evolution Cover

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    Default Additional items for new boat

    2nd the knife.

    Last year we ended up getting a line tangled in the prop. It took nearly 2 hours of swimming under the boat while anchored to untangle it. Had I had a knife, I could have cut it away instead of unwinding it. After I got it untangled, I ordered a dive knife on Amazon before we pulled the anchor.
    Matt
    2012 LSV
    4 XM9 Towers
    Javelin & XM30.2
    Xi 12DVC Sub
    2 6V Golf Cart Batteries
    FAE

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    Default Additional items for new boat

    Dive mask or goggles for when you're having to use the knife. I'd suggest a knife with a serrated blade or edge so you can saw thru the rope.
    Drew
    New ride: 2012 Mojo
    Old ride: 2008 OBV

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    All good suggestions.

    -Wire cutter can cut rope fairly well if a knife doesn't (speaking from a few experiences)
    -Spare keys - stashed up under compartment or dash somewhere.

    In addition to the various ropes I've started to carry a small spool of string or twine in with my tools. If we encounter a stump or rock up near the beach where we pull up for the day I'll take an empty water bottle and tie it off as a marker. This little tip has saved our butts, and prop, (and probably others) on more than one occasion.
    Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.

    2001 MobiusV

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