MUST HAVE ON Macgregor 26x
- One lifejacket or PFD for each person
- One buoyant heaving line at least 15m long OR one lifebuoy attached to 15m buoyant line
- One watertight flashlight
- One 5BC fire extinguisher
- One manual propelling device OR one one anchor with minimum 15 m rode
- One sound-signalling device (whistle, horn)
- One bailer or manual bilge pump (not if boat cannot hold enough water to capsize)
- Navigation lights (only operating at night or reduced visibility)
- One magnetic compass (larger than 26’3”)
- One radar reflector (not needed if in limited traffic conditions and good visibility)
- Six flares of type A, B or C (not needed if within 1 nautical mile of shore (fresh water))
- For #5, we have both a paddle and an anchor on our Macgregor.
- Not sure if we really need #7, with the Macgregor’s foam floatation the boat isn’t supposed to be able to capsize. And the Macgregor has a powered bilge with water sensor. If that’s not enough, we have buckets and cooking pots in our galley we can use in an emergency.
- Boat shorter than 26’3″ but still have a magnetic compass.
- Boat has navigation lights.
- We do not have a radar reflector, but stay out of larger waters in limited visibility.
- Have a whistle on life jackets and an air horn on board.
Need for longer trips and in unknown waters
- Navigation charts
- Notice to Mariners
- Sailing Directions
- Tides and current table
- List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals
Other things to bring:
- Drinking water and snacks
- Spare clothing in watertight bag
- Tool kit and spare parts
- First aid kit
Source: Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide