Compasses and Charts
A good compass and chart are always useful. Having a compass and knowing how to use it are invaluable when darkness, fog, or a storm occurs. Charts contain important information such as water depths and the locations of channels, sand bars, rocks, and vegetation. This is especially helpful when boating in bays or in large lakes. They also can be used to determine the most direct course possible for fuel conservation. Check with the local marina for charts. If none are available, obtain local knowledge before boating in an unfamiliar area.