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Old 07-27-2008, 09:54 PM
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I'm a rook at running in the ocean, only lakes and rivers What do I need to get or know before moving to Ft Lauderdale. I'm considering practicality and safety mostly, I've only got a 22' boat. I've got a VHF and GPS. I'm gonna purchase some Mustang Jackets. What else?
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:15 PM
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anchor, sea anchor, extra line, flair set, first aid kit would be on my list
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I run the ocean all the time. The only advise I have for you... BE PRUDENT!!! Even on what appears to be a calm day, a wave can come out of nowhere and eat you up. Keep up with the latest weather reports and always look out on the horizon. Personally, I never venture offshore. I feel no need to. I only run along the coast. That way I can disturb as many sleeping sun bathers as possible.
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seriously--get a BIGGER boat !!!!!
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I dont plan on heading offshore either. I'm just trying to be ready for whatever. How much anchor line should I have. Whats the sea anchor? Is the the big parachute that slows your drift down? Are flares required by law as required safety equip?
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Best advice I can give is to take a Coast Guard safety course, that will prepare you the most and teach you what you need to know to be a safe boater....from your statement and questions, it appears you are a prudent boater....good luck and when you get down to Ft. lauderdale, give me a holler, .....it will be good to know another boater on this board............

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Buy the Chapman Navigation book.

Never go alone- always have someone in the boat, even if you're running with other boats.

Allow plenty of time to return by nightfall.
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Be careful. It's big water during the winter months. You should be able to get a little during the summer.

This is a 36' Gladiator in September running out Port Everglades!
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