Always Carry Spare Eyeglasses Aboard Your Boat

A spare pair of eyeglasses can save your fishing trip.

Spare pair of eyeglasses at the helm
Make sure you can always see with spare pair of eyeglasses aboard your boat.Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing

If you wear corrective lenses of any type, it’s a good idea to stash an extra pair of prescription glasses aboard your boat, particularly if you are the captain. This measure serves as a safeguard against losing your specs overboard or suffering the loss or damage of a contact lens. And don’t think for a minute you can just use your prescription sunglasses in a pinch. They might work during the day, but I know from experience that once the sun is down, sunglasses are more hindrance than help. They’re just too dark to see well. I have plenty of old prescription glasses around, and so I always keep one spare pair aboard for ­emergency purposes.