Top 10 Pieces Of Gear For Runabouts

Story And Photos By Tux Turkel

There's a lot to be said for owning small runabouts, center consoles, and bow riders. They have their limits, though, if you want to venture into coastal waters and big lakes. But these journeys can still be done, with the right 10 pieces of equipment. Here's what should be aboard every boat 20 feet or smaller. My Top-10 list has been refined from years of small-boat piloting along Maine's coastal islands, where granite outcroppings, sudden fog, and 10-foot tides can turn any cruise into a mini adventure. My list is meant to save your butt, not just meet Coast Guard requirements. 


— Published: Fall 2013

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