"What spare parts or tools do I need to carry on my center console when I travel or go offshore?"
This is a question we get here often at Sportfish Outfitters. Unfortunately, it's an often overlooked topic. You've checked all the systems and the service is done on your boat so you feel prepared for boating season. In my 25 plus years of boating, I can't even tell you how many times things have broken or stopped working that make for a stressful day no matter how ready you thought the boat was. So, our goal here is to stay ahead of it the best we can. You can have spares for everything but you can also include additional products that will get you through the day or the trip.
"I'm not going far, so I don't need much."
It doesn't matter. Whether you are going to the islands or trailering your boat somewhere for the weekend, you've invested time and money into the trip. Our goal is to maximize the fun and minimize the stress. If something as simple as a pump fails, the chances you can get it at a local marine store are 50/50 at best. Also remember, if it's a spare it's not a waste of money. It can always be used for your next service or replacement when it fails. If it's not your boat that breaks, maybe it's someone else's and you're the savior that had what they needed.
To make your life easier, we have put together this list of essential spares to bring on your next trip. We've included the basics, but also some parts that we suggest you include that perhaps you didn't consider that could save your day, trip, or even (but hopefully not), your life.
Basics that every boat should have onboard:
We have used our extensive experience on the water running, repairing, and building boats combined with input from our sportfishing crew customers, to think a little outside the box for some parts/products that could save the day.
Additional parts you may have not considered...but should:
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