How to Prepare your Second Hand Fishing Vessel for its Maiden Voyage

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You've just bought a high-end fishing vessel. It looks great, the specs are top of the line, and you can't wait to get out on the water to test out its performance. However, try to rein in your excitement for a second. Now might be the time to take a quick step back.

If you've bought your vessel second hand, appearances can be deceptive. There may be underlying flaws that need checking out. There may also be areas where a few extra additions can modernise your craft and make fishing even more enjoyable. Here are some things to look for before you weigh anchor.

Are Tool Racks Well-Designed and Accessible?

Fishing requires a lot of equipment, from bait boxes to pliers, rods, lines, nets, lamps and seats. When you feel a pull on your line, the last thing you need is to waste precious moments searching around for vital equipment. By the time you;re set, the fish could have slipped the hook.

Every vessel is set up for the unique preferences of the owner, and your second hand boat probably won't be any different. So run through the inventory (remembering to double check first aid items as well) and switch around the racks and cabinets until you have a setup that makes it easy to land every fish that catches your bait.

Do You Have Necessary Safety Equipment?

Second hand vessels should have all of the safety equipment you need to go to sea, but you can't count on it. In fact, you should always check that the radio is in perfect working order and that your EPIRB is fully-functional. Ensure that you have the right fire extinguishers, first aid items, flares, water supplies and extra fuel as well. All of these are basics, but they are easy to neglect in the excitement of commanding a new vessel.

Have You Installed the Latest Marine Navigation Technology?

Safety and ergonomics are important, but so is finding the right places to fish. Putting aside important knowledge like seasonal movements, weather and currents, the right technology can make a huge difference to your odds of catching an impressive haul.

Accurate GPS devices are a great supplement to marine charts and can take you right into the heart of the most promising fishing grounds. When coupled with echo-locating devices, your GPS can become a razor-sharp targeting method to find your quarry. Not only that, but installing the latest navigation systems also make it easier to find your way back to port and deal with emergencies. So if your vessel wasn't delivered with cutting edge GPS, you should definitely contact a marine services company to add navigation tools before you set out.

It's always a good idea to take stock before you head out for the first time in a new fishing boat. It's understandable that you are excited about your purchase, but it's also important think about adding features like the latest GPS, reorganising your storage systems and double-checking that you have the safety equipment you need so contact a marine services company to make sure your boat is truly sea-worthy.

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