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Kennebunk River Boating Essentials

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 20, 2015 3:35:00 PM / by Gray Lincoln

Gray Lincoln

5 Ingredients to a fun day boating on the Kennebunk River

There's nothing worse than leaving the dock unprepared. Leaving behind essential gear can lead to cranky passengers and force you to end your day early. In this post, we'll cover a few things that you should remember to bring with you every time. We recommend having a designated boat bag where you can leave some of these items, making it easy to grab on the way to your boat.




1. Sun Protection: 

While this one seems obvious, you would be surprised how many times we've seen people return to the dock resembling lobsters. We recommend keeping SPF 30 or higher stashed somewhere on your boat. Also doesn't hurt to bring a hat, and most importantly polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes. 

2. Beverages and Snacks:

Pack enough of these and you can stay out all day. A few of our favorites include Goldfish, pretzels, popcorn, or chips. It's also important to have plenty of water, soda or juice for the kiddoes, and a cold beer or two for mom and dad. 

3. Extra Jackets and Towels:

Always make sure to check the weather forecast for the day. Keep in mind that winds can pick up in the afternoon, and pay attention for developing thunderstorms. Carrying large beach towels and jackets are great for keeping people warm and dry, which means more time on the water for everyone.

4. Music:

If you have a built-in stereo system, make sure someone brings along a few CDs or an iPod with their favorite playlist. No system? Not a problem! We recommend picking up a portable speaker like the Jawbone JAMBOX or Beats Pill that you can connect to via blue-tooth. This will ensure that everyone is rocking.

5. Fishing Rod:

Having a rod stowed on-board means you are ready for action when the fish show up. This can be fun for the whole family, and can get the kids hooked for life. If you have room, we recommend carrying: a good pair of pliers, a filet knife, bucktail jig, Rapala, and topwater plugs.

When you get back to shore, follow these easy steps to make sure you're ready for the next adventure.

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