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Re: [Mooseman75] Newbie question In reply to
Several other members have given you a very complete list of all the stuff you need as required by state law and good sense. Now a few things you may not have thought of:

1) Will you be carrying any ladies on board? Then you
may want to consider some type of folding camp style potty, with a means of providing a privacy curtain.Bird island is a long way from any fixed bathroom facility. Don't forget to have a roll of TP sealed up in something water proof.
2) I carry 2 wool blankets, each sealed in a double layer of vacuum seal-a-meal plastic. Just in case someone falls in or gets wet when they were not planning to.
3) Also sealed in double seal-a-meal layers, a basic first aid kit. Should include something like Neosporin for the inevitable hook sticks. Also a sterile scalpel (surgical blade) I found several at Smith and Edwards that were military first aid kit surplus, still sealed, son used one to cut the top layer of skin on his thumb to expose the barb on a hook. Couldn't do the old push the hook thru, was too close to the thumb bone. Then of course all the standard first aid stuff. And any special item like an auto pen for anyone that may have allergies to bee or wasp stings. Modify the kit to fit the possible specialized needs of your most frequent passengers i.e.; family members.
4) Along with the rope that would be on your anchor, there is no such thing as too much rope on a boat. I carry a 75 ft. hank at the stern, wrapped between 2 after market cleats. Used more times than I can count to tow some other disabled boat. Then I have a spare 50 ft. hank for general use and about 30 ft. of para cord I can cut to whatever length I need for whatever.

May sound like a lot, but I carry most all of that in the very small dry storage box on right side of a 14ft. Lund and still have room for spare prop, prop wrench, and various lure boxes.

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Re: [Tin-Can] Newbie question In reply to
Thanks Forest. This will help me as I (finally) get my 14'er on the water. I have a hunting checklist that is several pages of long, including the kitchen sink. This will help me keep the boat list down to a reasonable size with only the essentials included.

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Re: [catchinon] Newbie question In reply to
No problem. Hoped it would help someone. Don't know if your 14'er has a deck or just bench type seats. Mine has a vinyl covered deck so it has a "bilge". Has a small live well also. The pumps for each are under a hinged panel at the left side stern next to where transom meets the deck. Having a working bilge system is quite nice, but I carry a bailing bucket also. Which has only ever been used to "bail" fluids I need to get rid of. Boat too small to try and "bail" of the edge. Laugh
Craig, one thing maybe you haven't thought of: When you are the only one in the boat, you will most often be at the stern with the motor tiller. With motor weight, your weight, gas, battery, etc. getting the bow down to see over it when you are running at anything above a slow troll speed is a bit of a trick. I have 3 sand bags, with 40 lbs. of sand in each one that I keep in the bow deck area that act as ballast. If I have a second person on the boat, I just lift those sand bags out and leave them in the boat shed, or in the back of my truck if I have forgotten to take them out before leaving home. That 120 lbs. counter weight in the bow allows me to run at full throttle and keeps the bow down out of my line of sight. Of course adjust accordingly to your specific needs. Also keeps me a bit more stable on the water when I'm alone so I don't get the fore and aft pitch when I move around.
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Re: [Tin-Can] Newbie question In reply to
"I carry a bailing bucket also. Which has only ever been used to "bail" fluids I need to get rid of."

A well known BFTer uses a half-gallon pitcher, which seems pretty handy for bailing any kind of fluids.

About ballast: I have a 30-lb. Minn Kota that I thought I might mount at the bow to drag me at .5 mph for catfish. I am thinking that one or two batteries would help up there. Losing 20 pounds of body weight would help, too Laugh.

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Re: [catchinon] Newbie question In reply to
I need more than a 20 lb drop in weight to get me on plane.

I have my windshield ordered Im hoping it will be here next week. Ive got just about everything bought for the boat just need to get battery charged and windshield put in and Ill be set. Oh I got I got to figure out all the toggle switches so if I need bilge pump Im not search in frantic scramble.
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