Mom always said: it’s far better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Based on experience, conversations with other boaters, and my own research, this safety kit lists the items that we’ve equipped our boat with to make sure that while aboard, everyone is safe and prepared for the worst-case scenarios.
Keep in mind that the size of your boat, its maximum capacity, and your boating environment should result in slight changes to what you will want in your boat safety kit. Some of these are obvious (and things I hope you already have onboard!) like a first aid kit and others are a little more out-of-the-box, while still helpful.
This is also just advice from one boater to another, so don’t take this as gospel. Do your own research (which is probably why you’re reading this – hello, responsible captain!) and decide what is right to keep you and your crew safe based on the boat you have and the environment you’re in.