OVER­HEAD LIFE-JACKET STOWAGE

Boating - - SEAMANSHIP - —Jim Hen­dricks

The U.S. Coast Guard stip­u­lates that all recre­ational boats have one prop­erly sized Coast Guard-ap­proved life jacket in good, ser­vice­able con­di­tion for each soul on board, and that the jack­ets are read­ily ac­ces­si­ble, if not al­ready be­ing worn. If your boat proves short on life-jacket stowage space, con­sider in­stalling an over­head bag such as the T-Bag from Kwik Tek ($51.44, jet.com) or the T-Top Ma­rine Stor­age Bag from C.E. Smith ($94.99, west­ma­rine.com). These ven­ti­lated, zip­pered bags at­tach with straps and buck­les to the un­der­side of Bi­mini tops and T-tops. Ac­cess is con­ve­nient and quick.

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