You can acquire the accessories that you'll need while boating in three ways. The easiest is to simply let the dealer handle your needs. Once you've explained the activities you'll be pursuing on the water, he'll be able to outfit your boat with the items necessary for your safety and recreational fun. Another source is to go directly to a specialty retailer. Just as there are retailers that specialize in safety equipment, there are retailers who handle electronic equipment for navigation and communication. Your third choice is to order what you need through a traditional boat catalog or one on the internet. If you choose to buy your accessories through a catalog, read the fine print. First, you need to compare prices. A v-h-f radio may be listed at a discount, but is everything included? Does it come with a mounting kit and antenna? What about shipping costs? You'll also need to find out if the accessories are from a franchised dealer and if the dealer is authorized to service them.