Captain Matt provides a comprehensive guide to boat gear, categorizing it into must-have essentials and items that are fun to have on your boat. Must-have gear includes US Coast Guard-required items such as throwable devices, life vests, fire extinguishers, sound-making devices, anchor and navigation lights, and the kill switch. These are crucial for safety and compliance.

He also suggests adding non-mandatory items that can enhance safety and comfort, including a VHF radio, a safety first aid kit, a multi-tool, binoculars, and an anchor. Fenders, dock lines, cleaning supplies, towables for water fun, and educational resources like books and video courses are also recommended. Captain Matt emphasizes the importance of choosing quality cleaning products and educational materials, ensuring safety, and being prepared for various boating situations.