Boating – Coast Guard’s gift ideas for boaters

The singularly most important gift for mariners this year is a Marine GPS Navigation System. With the intended termination of Loran-C signals set for as early as Jan. 4, 2010, marine GPS units will be a necessity to any boater who currently relies on the Loran-C system for navigation.

Among the Coast Guard’s recommended nautical gifts are:

  • A Marine GPS navigation system
  • A 406 Mhz EPIRB (make sure you register it after purchase, or rescuers may be delayed in reaching you!)
  • A Coast Guard-approved life jacket (because they float, you don’t…)
  • A handheld VHF marine radio
  • A Boating Safety Course (boater education saves lives — it’s a fact)
  • Vessel Safety Check (VSC) from the Coast Guard Auxiliary (it’s free!)
  • A Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher
  • A first aid kit in a watertight container
  • A seamanship book
  • Nautical charts for the areas your favorite mariner frequents
  • A signaling kit
  • A life raft with a survival kit

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