As winter quickly approaches I find myself settling in to an old habit.... RUN and GUN in the SUN and wait out winter with wish lists to prepare me for next year's FUN...
I can't bring myself to splurge on the latest creature comforts until I know I've properly prepared for safety concerns. So that brings me to this post...
I own a 20' Hewes Craft Sea Runner with a soft top. (115hp/8hp) I don't plan to "push" the safety envelope and I think I understand the limitations of my boat. With that said I'm searching for advice from those "weathered wisemen" that have been out there enough to point me in a respectable direction.
Navigation - I have a chartplotter/gps/sounder as well as maps/charts.
Communication - VHF radio w/ DSC
Safety - I have the basic Coast Guard requirements (PFDs, Extinguisher and signaling devices)
What are your thoughts/recommendations in the following areas:
In other words what should I be saving for next?
Handheld GPS, Handheld VHF, EPIRB
Parachute Sea Anchor / Boat Brake (drift sock)
Self Inflating Life Raft / Inflatable Dinghy
I understand the differences in the above mentioned items. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison. I guess what I'm looking for is some examples of who uses what...?
Any Recommendation on items you feel would best suit my situation?