Boating Must-Haves. Or Are They?

What do you expect out of your perfect boat? I’ve come to realize that the features I feel are must-haves are quite different than what my boyfriend feels are must-haves, or even wants!

I prefer bench seating so I can chat with my friends and be social – and a table in the center makes entertaining that much better! My boyfriend likes the large, spacious captain’s chairs so he can stretch out with a cold drink in his personal cup holder. And I agree with my boyfriend that we don’t need upholstered seats, but cushions are a must! As long as we can rinse them and they don’t mildew, we are in agreement.

Simply put, I couldn’t care less. And he couldn’t care more. Doesn’t he want to enjoy the quiet lull of the waves and the sounds of nature? No, he’d prefer a Bose system, decked out with surround sound, GPS navigation and fish finders.

Is there a fridge? A cooler? He’s happy. I, on the other hand, need a fully-equipped kitchen so I can whip up food for entertaining guests on the water! A fridge and cooler are must-haves, of course, but so is everything else! We can’t live on chips and dip for every trip!

I could go on forever – but I’d rather hear what other folks out there consider must-haves. Am I way off?! All I’m really asking for is leather bench seating and a kitchen! And a swim ladder is always a plus…

the Unexpected Overnight Trip

My husband and I took an overnight boating trip to an isolated island in the Chesapeake Bay years ago – before the iPhone and helpful apps – in our World Cat catamaran. We hit rough waters at night that knocked out the fuse box, so we lost lights, GPS and sensors. Our relaxing weekend trip turned into an overnight (and unexpected) stay on the boat, and as I longed for the warm bed of the hotel where we had reservations, I kicked myself for not being more prepared.

What SHE Thinks About for Overnight Boating Trips

1. Blankets/pillows

2. Clothing layers (waterproof)

3. Dry storage for food and change of clothes

4. Plenty of extra water

5. Hand warmers & extra socks (for cold evenings)

What HE Thinks About for Overnight Boating Trips

1. Coast Guard approved equipment – life jackets, flares, etc.

2. Extra fuses & light bulbs

3. Registration & Insurance – keep it in the boat!

4. Grill

5. Fishing rods

Nowadays, iPhones and smartphones are great tools to have on any trip – and we both think about charging devices and new apps to download no matter where we go!

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Cameron, Virginia Beach