When it comes to houseboat equipment, it's a never ending story, and there's always something new and exciting that we want.
When it comes to our shopping list there is always something being added, and boy am I speaking from experience about houseboat equipment.
The strugggling with, "do I NEED It, or do I WANT It" theory. There's a certain amount of responsibility placed on the skipper, to do be sure that his crew and guests enjoy the outing or trip, and that they get back safe and sound.
I've come to realize that a "true" captain will always be on the lookout, for better ways of doing things for his crew, and passengers. Did I say passengers? I meant family and friends... :)
The "NEED IT or WANT IT," items fall into basically three equipment categories.
|Anchor & Docking||Books & Video's||Clothing & Shoes||Cordage|
|Deck Hardware||Electrical||Electronics||Engine Systems|
|Navigation||Paint & Maintenance||Plumbing||Safety|
|Seating & Covers||Small Boats & Motors||Ventilation||Watersports|
Anchor & Docking := Ladders, Ramps & Boat Hooks, Windlasses & Rollers, Anchor Line & Dock Line, Anchors, Fender & Docking, Chains & Shackles
Books & Video's := Books, Videos, DVD's, Magazines, Guide, Reference, Log Books, equipment
Clothing & Shoes : = Foul weather, Jackets, Shoes & Boots, Gloves & Hats, Casual wear
Cordage : = Anchor line, dock line , rigging, tow lines, chafe gear,
Deck Hardware : = Hatches & Ports, Cleats & Chocks, Deck Plates & Storage, Rub rails
Electrical : = Batteries, chargers, wire, Inverters, Lighting, Fuses & Switches, Battery Combiners, Generators, Solar, Wind, Dockside
Electronics : = Fish Finders, Depth, VHF marine radios, Radars, TV-Stereo-Weather, AutoPilots, Antennas, Instruments, Software, Epirb, Equipment
Engine Systems : = Engine parts, Fuel tanks, Instruments, Lubrication, Propeller, Drive Train, Steering, Trim Tabs, Control systems, Horns & Wipers
Fasteners : = Brass, Stainless, Nylon, Inch & Metric, Anchor Nuts, Thread Out
Fishing : = Rods/Reels/Trolling motors/Tackle Boxes/accessories
Gifts : = Books & Video's, Camera, Binoculars, Sunglasses, Log Books, Flags, PDA's, Multi-Purpose Tools,
Interior : = Bedding & Drapery, Refrigeration & Coolers, BBQ's, Stoves, Propane, Cookware, Containers & Storage, Dri-deck & Non-Skid
Navigation : = GPS, Compass, Binoculars, Horns, PDA's
Paint & Maintenance : = Cleaners, soaps, polishes, Paint, varnish, teak oil, Epoxy, Fiberglass, Caulking, Adhesives, Sealants, Anodes
Plumbing : = Freshwater, fittings & valves, bilge pumps, Marine sanitation, General purpose pumps, hose & fittings
Safety : = Life jackets, First aid, Flares & signaling, Epirbs & life rafts, Fire ext, Vapor & Fume detectors
Seating & Covers : = Chairs & Seats, Covers & Bimini's, Carpets & Vinyl, Tables
Small Boats & Motors : = Inflatable Boats & Dinghys, Kayaks & Canoes, Outboard Motors, Electric Motors
Ventilation : = Vents, Air conditioning/cooling, Bilge blowers, Heaters, Air dehumidifiers, Air purifiers
Watersports : = Wakeboards, Kneeboards, Towables, Water Skiing, Swim wear, Wetsuits, Diving