Re: 1st boat, what should I put on the shopping list ?
The dealer should provide a coast guard safety package, which will include flares, throwable, etc. They should also provide dock lines, anchor, etc. In other words, the dealer should give you all the basic necessities. Make you sure they go through every operation of the boat too. When I bought a new bowrider they spent about 4 hours with me, including a sea trial.
You might want to buy two fenders so that you have some protection when you are tied up to a dock.
Other than that, lunch, bathing suit, music, bikini model, etc..