I'm hoping to see a tiny VHF
, flashlight and laser flare ON your life jacket. RadarScope, Navionics
, Magic Seaweed, ShipFinder app, Inlet Cam website (if available) and spare battery
ON your phone
. Most all the folks on the board here monitor
VHF16 when running. You or they may need the other's help at some point.
TI on your ski every 6 months. Possibly a depth
Your use sounds well beyond regular PWC
, almost like coastal pilotage, not spending your money
but you will benefit from the additional tools if your weather
windows are a little wider than most.
Your plan to use shallows defensively tells me you are already in the right mindset. The next piece is social - spend time on local fuel
docks and learn all you can about your inlet, standing waves etc.
You don't need to be Bernie Webber but I recommend you watch The Finest Hour with the bass on high a few times to take in respect for what an angry inlet can do. Pick your days.
Good luck and see you out there !