When Going Outside, Don’t Forget ...
Locating Device - Use an EPIRB, GPIRB or even a PLB (personal locator beacon), and make sure you apply for a maritime mobile service identity number for your VHF DSC radio. To get an MMSI, go to usps.org.
Freshwater Windshield Washer - If you get salt spray on the windshield and turn on the wipers, you’ll get white smears. Only fresh water will rinse the mess off. Carry some in the type of dish-soap bottle that has a squirt nozzle.
Foot Cushions - Even if it’s calm, you’ll be standing a lot. Shock-absorbing pads for the cockpit sole will make the trip a lot more comfortable.
When Going Inside, Don’t Forget ...
Binoculars - Just a good set of 7x50s with clean lenses will do, to keep track of markers and boats.
Long Boathook - Use it as a sounding pole — the longer the better. Solid ones are ideal; telescopic ones are fine if they don’t collapse easily.
Hand-Bearing Compass - You need only an inexpensive “puck” type. It’s a must for finding markers, getting lines of position and seeing if you and that crossing boat are going to collide.