- VHF Radio —This is an essential item for everyone. Whether you choose to use a handheld model or a full-sized radio depends on how much space you have available.
- Chart plotter — The plotter is the heart of any system. It's a set of electronic charts that lets you navigate effectively is essential for every fishing boat.
- Fish finder — This is the second consideration, as described above, the way you fish will help determine your needs. Consider that sonar relies on a transducer, which may be a transom-mounted bolt-on, or the type that is permanently embedded in the bottom of the boat, which may require drilling through the hull to install it. Trailer boats need a transducer that sits flush with the bottom, or a transom mount. Boats that live in the water have more leeway in the type of transducer.