Summer Boating Checklist

Summer Boating Checklist

With Memorial Day kicking off the boating season and school being out, many families are beginning to spend their days on the water. As we all know, everyone has their list of items that are essential to their ability to have fun on the water. While everyone has this list, we have often found when talking to customers, that although their lists would make for a fun day, they don’t always have the necessities on their list for safety and fun. Keep reading to discover 8 things you should bring for a fun, and safe day on the water.

Summer Boating Checklist infographic

Drain Plug

This one is obvious to so many people, but often the most obvious things we need to pack are the things we forget. So, make sure you bring your drain plug. It would be terrible to get to your favorite body of water and then not have your drain plug, and you have to go back for it.

Fully Charged Battery

A fully charged battery is always necessary when going out on the water. NEVER assume that your battery is fully charged because you haven’t gone boating since you last charged it. It is always a great idea to triple-check your battery’s charge before heading out for a fun day on the water.


While being on the boat all day, you are sure to want a nice refreshing drink at some point. Make sure that you have water, soft drinks, and any snacks you may want while on the water in your cooler, so you will always have a refreshing pick-me-up as the days on the water can get pretty hot.


Gas is another key thing that boaters sometimes assume they have on board. We’re not trying to call your neighbor out, but you never know when your neighbor might have “borrowed” some of your gas to mow their lawn. With that being said, ALWAYS check your gas tanks before heading out on the water.

Appropriate Number of Coast Guard Approved Life Vests

So many boaters like to bypass this one as they claim to be experts on the water and there is no need for all of those life jackets aboard taking up space. Trust us when we say, you will always want to make sure that you have plenty of lifejackets aboard. You never know when an emergency could occur and you suddenly need all of your lifejackets. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Throwable PFD

Having a throwable PFD, or personal floatation device aboard goes hand and hand with lifejackets. They are required to ensure that if anything goes wrong, you have an extra layer of protection should an emergency occur.


Skin cancer is no joke. Seriously, use sunscreen when on the water. The sun’s rays are often stronger when on the water. Don’t let a nice tan ruin your health. Wear a good pair of sunglasses as well to keep your eyes from getting UV damage!

Waterproof Speaker

Nothing brings life to the party like a little music. Did you know some streaming services even have boating playlists? Or you can make your own. Just make sure you have a waterproof speaker like the Speaqua Speakers that can stand up to your aquatic adventure. They come with water play technology so you can continuously listen to your music without disconnecting, in or out of water.

Boat Lift Warehouse has put together this infographic to help you remember a few key essentials for your boating trip. We hope this helps you and your family to have a great time on the water and to be prepared for any unexpected event. Contact us for help with your boat lift, dock, and marine accessory needs and make your time on the water more enjoyable!


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

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