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The Best Boat Accessories for 2024: Our Top Picks

Best Boating Accessories

As boaters, sailors and seafarers who love messing about on the water, we know that having the right gear on board can make a huge difference in the overall boating experience.

In this post we’ll take a look at some of the best boating accessories available on the market today. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or just starting out, these accessories are sure to enhance your time on the water. But before we get in to the complete article, here’s three of the best boat accessories to whet your appetite.

TOP PICK
Yeti-cooler

Best Boat Accessory for Groups

Yeti Tundra Haul Cooler

  • Keep the beers on ice
  • Super tough construction
  • Holds up to 45 cans!
  • Non slip feet so it won’t slide about
  • Anchor points throughout make it perfect for boats

RECOMMENDED
Airhead Poparazzi

Best Boat Accessory for Families

AirHead Poparazzi 1-3 Rider Towable Tube

  • Super fun towable from AirHead
  • Room for up to 3 people
  • Kwik-Connect system makes it easy to attach to your boat
  • Made from really heavy guage PVC

GREAT CHOICE
Fusion Remote

Best Pontoon Boat Accessory

Fusion Wireless Remote (Garmin)

  • Control the tunes from anywhere on your boat
  • Rubberized buttons make it easy to use, even in wet conditions
  • Compact low profile design means it’s easy to put anywhere on your boat
  • Wireless and battery powered – No need to cut any holes or use wires

We’ve split the article into sections to make it easier to navigate.

Essential Safety Gear

Navigation and Electronics

Anchoring and Docking

Comfort and Convenience

Fun Boat Accessories

Fishing Gear

Boat Customization

Essential Safety Gear

When it comes to boating, safety should always be a top priority. Here are some essential safety gear items that every boater should have on board:

The Best Life Jackets and PFD’s

Life jackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs) are a must-have for every boater. They are designed to keep you afloat in case you fall overboard or are involved in an accident. It’s important to make sure that you have enough life jackets on board for every passenger, and that they are the appropriate size and type for each person.We love the O’Neill Men’s Superlite USCG Life Vest because it’s a great price for pretty much every feature you need in a budget life vest.

TOP CHOICE

O’Neill Superlite USCG Life Vest

4.6

O’Neill have been making watersports gear for decades. We love this well-priced flotation vest – Buy a few so you have spares for unexpected guests on board your boat.

Pros
  • Really lightweight
  • Easy to adjust buckles
  • Great quality and choice of materials
  • Not too thick/bulky
Cons
  • Double check sizing before ordering

And if it’s a money no object type of purchase, and well, it is a life jacket after all, we really like the Bluestorm Stratus 35.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

BlueStorm Stratus 35 Inflatable Life Jacket

4.8

This is a classy piece of kit – The BlueStorm Stratus is really lightweight and super comfortable.

It auto inflates upon immersion in the water – so really safe when you’re out on your boat. CO2 cartidges are used to inflate the vest, and these are cheap and easy to replace.

A top purchase!

Pros
  • Really light and comfortable
  • Auto inflating
  • CO2 cartridges are easy to replace
Cons
  • May be too expensive for some people

Fire Extinguishers

Fires can happen on boats just as easily as they can on land, so it’s important to have a fire extinguisher on board. Make sure that the extinguisher is the correct type for the type of fire that could occur on your boat, and that it is easily accessible in case of an emergency. God forbid you do ever need to tend to a fire, we like this option from First Alert.

Best Fire Extinguisher

TOP CHOICE

First Alert Marine Fire Extinguisher

4.8

Another must-have on the boat is a fire extinguisher – We like and trust this brand, and this fire extinguisher by First Alert is recommended and approved for marine use.

You can’t go wrong with this one.

Pros
  • Marine approved so perfect for any boat
  • Great quality and value for money
  • Ships with mounting bracket for an easy install
Cons
  • None!

First Aid Kits

Accidents can happen on boats, so it’s important to have a first aid kit on board. Make sure that your first aid kit is well-stocked with items like bandages, antiseptic, and pain relievers. It’s also a good idea to take a first aid course so that you know how to use the items in your kit in case of an emergency. Disclaimer: Yes this is our own first aid kit, but we feel like it’s the best in the business for marine use.

Best First Aid Kit

TOP CHOICE

Breakwater Supply Waterproof First Aid Kit

5

A high quality compact first aid kit that contains almost everything you need for a day on the water.

Our bags are made of the best material to keep the contents inside clean and dry in the toughest conditions.

Pros
  • Contains everything you need for a day on the water
  • Totally waterproof
  • Clip onto a bracket or stow away in a cupboard
Cons
  • None!

Emergency Signaling Devices

In case of an emergency, it’s important to have a way to signal for help. Emergency signaling devices like flares, whistles, and mirrors can help rescuers locate you quickly. Make sure that you have the appropriate signaling devices on board, and that you know how to use them. By making sure that you have these essential safety gear items on board, you can help ensure that you and your passengers stay safe while enjoying your time on the water. Here are a few signalling devices we highly recommend.

Best Whistle

TOP CHOICE

The Hyper Whistle

4.4

This is a great quality whistle, and unbelievably loud!

It looks great, and made of quality material, but it can sometimes feel a little awkward to blow into.

It can require quite a strong blow to produce the loudest whistle.

Pros
  • Top quality feel
  • Very loud
Cons
  • Can feel strange to blow into
  • A loud whistle requires quite a bit of energy to prpoduce.

Of course, all boats over 16 feet long must carry a flare at all times – and even if your boat is smaller, it’s still a good idea to always be prepared. And while our top pick is not a flare in the traditional sense, it complies with all of the US Coastguard regulations.

Best Flare

TOP CHOICE

Sirius Signal SOS LED Electronic Flare

4.8

Much safer than a traditional flare, especially if you have kids on board, the Sirius Electronic flare is a great addition to your setup.

It floats, is battery powered and produces on heck of a bright light!

Pros
  • Battery powered
  • Coastguard approved
  • Very bright
  • Zero fire risk
  • It floats!
Cons
  • None that we can find!

There are a ton of gadgets and gizmos you can buy for your boat. Here are just a few of the favorites.

GPS Chartplotters

A GPS chartplotter is an essential tool for any boater. It helps you navigate the waterways and avoid hazards. The Garmin Echomap is one of the best GPS chartplotters on the market. It has a 3-inch color display and comes preloaded with BlueChart g3 coastal charts. It also has a built-in compass, barometer, and accelerometer.

Best Chartplotter

TOP CHOICE

Garmin Echomap Chartplotter

4.6

Great quality chartplotter and fishfinder from Garmin. Really great value for money for what you get.

Coupled with a bright screen, this is a top quality piece of kit for your boat.

Pros
  • Accurate maps
  • Super easy to install and use
  • Great value for money
Cons
  • The only downside is you might not have enough cable depending on where you install

Best Fish Finder

TOP CHOICE

Garmin Striker 4 Fishfinder

4.8

Super easy to install, and with a great display, the Garmin Striker 4 is a cool bit of kit.

The map and GPS functions are easy to set up, and the unit has a nice quality feel overall.

Pros
  • Amazing value for money
  • Has a tonne of useful features
  • Screen is bright enough even in sunshine
Cons
  • Battery connection cable is thin

VHF Marine Radios

A VHF marine radio is an essential safety tool for boaters. The Cobra HH350 is pretty awesome – submersible, backlit display and with a floating design, you’ll be happy with this purchase.

Best Radio

TOP CHOICE

Cobra HH350 Handheld Radio

4.6

Having a radio on board is a pretty standard practice when you’re out on the water. With NOAA updates, and a backlit screen, the Cobra 350 is up to the job.

Oh and it floats too!

Pros
  • NOAA weather updates
  • 6 watt VHF
  • Backlit display
  • It floats!
Cons
  • Some sound quality issues at times

Anchoring and Docking

When it comes to boating, anchoring and docking are essential for safety and convenience. In this section, we will discuss the best accessories for anchoring and docking your boat.

Anchors and Rodes

The type of anchor you need depends on the type of boating you plan to do. For most boats, a danforth or fluke anchor is the most common type. This type of anchor features two sharp blades that stick into sandy or muddy bottoms. If you are boating in rocky areas or near structures, a plow anchor may be a better choice.

When selecting an anchor, consider the size and weight of your boat, as well as the type of bottom you will be anchoring in.

It is also important to have the right rode, or anchor line, to ensure that your anchor stays secure. A good rule of thumb is to have at least seven times the depth of water in rode length.

Best Anchor

TOP CHOICE

Fortress FX-7 4lb Anchor

4.8

The small but mighty Fortress anchor does what it needs to. Don’t be put off by the weight, this anchor is strong – and works especially well in soft sandy conditions.

Pros
  • Great grab in all conditions
  • USA made
  • Light yet effective
Cons
  • Does not come assembled

Dock Lines and Fenders

Dock lines are essential for tying your boat to a dock or other stationary object. Nylon is the most common material for dock lines, as it is strong and durable. It is also important to have the right length and thickness of dock line for your boat, as well as the right number of lines to ensure stability.

Fenders are also important for protecting your boat from damage while docked. They are typically made of durable vinyl and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. It is important to have the right size and number of fenders for your boat to ensure maximum protection.

Best Dock Line

TOP CHOICE

INNOCEDEAR 4 Pack 1/2” X 15’ Dock Lines

4.9

These great quality ropes from are the perfect length and have a quality feel.

Great value dock lines for your setup.

Pros
  • 15ft length
  • Ship as a 4 pack
  • Nice feel to the rope
Cons
  • None!

Best Fenders

TOP CHOICE

Seachoice Twin Eye Ribbed Boat Fender Kit

4.9

Durable marine grade vinyl these fenders are roto-molded for superior strength. Intended for boats up to 20ft long, this set includes two fenders 5.5 x 20 inches.

Great value dock lines for your setup.

Pros
  • Inflated and ready to use
  • Rope already attached
  • Quality feel
Cons
  • None!

Comfort and Convenience

Now we get to the good stuff! We think having the right gear for that perfect day on the boat has to include things top make your trip confortable – gear for grilling and gear for chilling!

Marine Seating and Deck Chairs

Marine seating and deck chairs are essential for any boater who wants to relax and enjoy the ride. There are so many different types of marine seating and deck chairs available, from simple folding chairs to high-end captain’s chairs with built-in armrests and footrests.

Best Boat Seat

TOP CHOICE

Wise 8WD734PLS-710 Standard Boat Seat

4.5

Comfortable and durable marine grade vinyl, these boat seats from Wise will be sure to pimp your ride – or at least make it more comfortable!

Easy install in most situations.

Pros
  • Simple comfortable boat seats
  • Huge range of colors
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • Hinges could be stronger

Coolers and Refrigeration

Keeping your food and drinks cold on a hot day is essential for any boater. Coolers and refrigeration systems are the perfect solution for this problem. There are many different types of coolers and refrigeration systems available, from simple ice chests to high-tech refrigerators that can be powered by solar panels.

This cooler is designed to be rugged and durable, with a rotomolded construction that can withstand even the toughest conditions. One of the best coolers for 2024 is the Yeti Tundra 45. It also features thick insulation that can keep your food and drinks cold for days on end.

Best Portable Cooler

TOP CHOICE

Yeti Tundra Haul Cooler

4.7

Yeti makes tough gear to be used in the wild and the Tundra cooler is no exception. Will keep cold stuff cold, and hot stuff hot for ages.

Fits up to 45 cans, so great for parties, and the wheels make it easy to transport on land.

Pros
  • Non slip feet are perfect for the boat
  • Multiple anchor points to tie it down
  • Huge capacity
  • Great range of colors
Cons
  • None!

Best Large Cooler

TOP CHOICE

Igloo Polar 120 QT Cooler

4.8

What can you say about the old faithful Polar cooler?

Huge capacity, so you might need two people to carry it when full, but perfect for the boat for keeping the beers on ice, or for your catch of the day.

Pros
  • Huge capacity – holds up to 188 cans!
  • Tie downs are great for your boat
  • Drain plug for easy cleaning
  • Reinforced swing up handles
Cons
  • None!

Marine Grills and Galley Equipment

If you love to cook, then a marine grill or galley equipment is a must-have accessory for your boat. There are many different types of marine grills and galley equipment available, from simple portable grills to high-end built-in grills that can be powered by propane or natural gas.

One of the best marine grills for 2024 is the Magma Newport 2 Infrared Gourmet Series Gas Grill. This grill is designed to be compact and efficient, with a powerful infrared burner that can cook your food quickly and evenly. It also features a built-in thermometer and a grease tray that makes cleaning up a breeze.

Best Boating Grill

TOP CHOICE

Magma Newport 2 Marine Grill

4.4

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Epic grill for your boat – made in the USA and using high-quality marine-grade steel, the Magma Newport 2 is a great add-on for your boat.

It’s easy to set up and get grilling!

Pros
  • Great quality
  • Large grill area
  • Made in the USA
  • Marine grade stainless steel
Cons
  • Pricey

Fun Boat Accessories

Towables and Tubes

Towables and tubes are great for adding some excitement to your PWC experience. Some of the best towables and tubes for 2024 include:

  • Airhead Mach 2: This towable can hold up to two riders and features a backrest and side wings for added stability.
  • SportsStuff Poparazzi: This towable can hold up to three riders and features a unique “winged” design that allows riders to steer and control the towable.
  • O’Brien Super Screamer: This tube can hold up to two riders and features a durable nylon cover and multiple handles for different riding positions.

Best for One Rider

TOP CHOICE

Airhead Blast Towable Tube

4.5

Airhead’s tubes are famous the World over. Using their patented Kwik-Connect for quick and easy rope connection combined with premium materials, there’s a lot to like!

The Airehead blast is a great option for one rider – a tonne of fun!

Pros
  • Really good value for money
  • Smiles for miles!
  • Easy to set up
  • Perfect for kids or big kids alike
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable

Best for Two Riders

TOP CHOICE

Airhead Mach 2 Towable Tube

4.5

Airhead’s tubes are famous the World over -share the fun with the Mach 2 towable tube.

Using their patented Kwik-Connect for quick and easy rope connection combined with premium materials, there’s a lot to like!

Pros
  • Padded handles
  • Smiles for miles!
  • Super fun for one or two people
  • Great for kids and adults
Cons
  • Can be bumpy to ride

Best for Multiple Riders

TOP CHOICE

Airhead Poparazzi 1-3 Rider Towable Tube

4.5

The Poparazzi from Airhead is a really unique towable.

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Fun for one, two or even three people, one of these will transform your day on the water.

Pros
  • Comfortable foam pads make the ride smooth
  • Crazy design will have people stopping you on the water
  • Great fun for kids and adults
Cons
  • Price might put some off

Inflatable Gear

For a more leisurely PWC experience, paddle sports equipment is a great accessory to have. Some of the best paddle sports equipment for 2024 include our following picks.

Best Inflatable SUP

TOP CHOICE

ISLE Explorer Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

4.5

Really nice quality ISUP, but also a premium price. Doesn’t wobble or bend as much as other cheaper options and ships with everything you need to get going.

Fun for one, two or even three people, one of these will transform your day on the water.

Pros
  • Stiff construction
  • 300lb capacity
  • Super thick military grade PVC
  • Grooved traction pad is extra grippy
Cons
  • Expensive

Best Budget SUP

TOP CHOICE

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

4.8

If you want a general SUP for general messing about on the water, you can’t go wrong with the Serene Life inflatable SUP.

Ships with the full package of SUP, paddle, bag, fin and repair kit.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Ships with pump, paddle and bag
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Nice looking board
Cons
  • Check the fin is attached correctly

Inflatable Docks

An inflatable boat dock is a floating structure made of inflatable materials, offering a portable and lightweight platform for boats and water activities. Typically constructed from durable materials like PVC or Hypalon, these docks are easily inflatable and deflate for convenient transport and setup. They serve as temporary solutions for mooring, boarding, and other water-related uses in areas where permanent docks may be impractical. Inflatable boat docks are commonly used in lakes, rivers, and marinas, providing versatility and ease of use.

Best Inflatable Dock

TOP CHOICE

Solstice Original Floating Inflatable Dock

4.5

An inflatable dock is a great way to add a bit of extra space to your boating setup – ideal for sunbathing, jumping off of, or just chilling.

We love these floating docks from Solstice – great quality and great options to choose from.

Pros
  • Super rigid platform
  • Creates a cool space to hang out
  • Easy to inflate and store
  • Ships as a full package with pump etc
Cons
  • None

Fishing Gear

When it comes to boating accessories, fishing equipment is a must-have. Here are a few of our top picks for 2024:

Fishing Rod Holders

Rod holders are essential for keeping your fishing rods secure and organized while you’re out on the water. In 2024, we recommend investing in adjustable rod holders that can accommodate a variety of rod sizes and styles. Try to look for models that are made from durable materials like aluminum or stainless steel, and that can be easily mounted to your boat’s gunwales or rails.

TOP CHOICE

HitorHike Fishing Rod Holder

4.5

These fishing rod holders by Hitorhike are a really simple addition to your boat if you like to fish.

Easy to install and great value for money. Really sturdy and suited for all types of fishing rods.

Pros
  • Universal fit
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Durable construction
Cons
  • They don’t work so well for heavy loads

Fishing Tackle Storage

Keeping your tackle organized and easily accessible can make all the difference when you’re trying to reel in a big catch. We suggest investing in a tackle storage system that can accommodate all of your lures, hooks, and other fishing gear. Look for models that have multiple compartments and trays, as well as secure latches or locks to keep your gear safe and secure.

TOP CHOICE

KastKing HyperSeal Waterproof Fishing Tackle Box

4.9

Keep your gear organizes with the tackle box from KastKing. Adjustable dividers mean you can fit all oryour lures, hooks and other important stuff.

The rubber seal ensures everything kept safe and dry.

Pros
  • Available in two sizes
  • Adjustable dividers
  • Totally waterproof and secure
  • Durable construction
Cons
  • None!

Boat Customization

Lighting and Underwater Lights

Lighting can add a whole new dimension to your boating experience. LED lighting is becoming increasingly popular and is available in a wide range of colors, making it easy to customize your boat’s look.

Best Lighting

TOP CHOICE

Wave One Marine Color LED Boat Light

4.8

This dual color light from Wave One is a cool addition to any setup. Use the white light or blue depending on what you are doing.

Super bright and marine grade cable means you won’t have issues with things corroding.

Pros
  • Stainless brackets
  • Sealed cables
  • Easy install
  • Great price
Cons
  • None!

Sound Systems

A good sound system can take your boating experience to the next level. High-quality speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers can make your music sound better than ever before. Bluetooth connectivity is also a must-have, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from your phone or other devices.

TOP CHOICE

JBL Boombox 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

4.8

We love this bluetooth speaker from JBL. Massive sound and the fact you can pair to another JBL speaker means great tunes for days.

Waterproof too, it’s perfect for a day on the boat.

Pros
  • 24 hours of playtime
  • Dust and waterproof
  • Party Boost compatible
  • Great sound quality
Cons
  • Pricey for some

Graphic Wraps and Decals

If you really want to make a statement with your boat, consider adding a graphic wrap or decal. These can be customized to your liking, allowing you to create a unique look for your vessel. Whether you want a bold design or something more subtle, there are plenty of options available.

TOP CHOICE

VulgrCo Custom Stickers

4.4

We love this bluetooth speaker from JBL. Massive sound and the fact you can pair to another JBL speaker means great tunes for days.

Waterproof too, it’s perfect for a day on the boat.

Pros
  • Totally customizable
  • Made in the USA
  • Waterproof
  • Easy install
Cons
  • Double check your design if you go custom

Best Of The Rest

Of course, as this is a best boat accessories blog post we have to include our very own waterproof backpack. The Fogland waterproof pack has been developed over trial and error – read more about it here.

TOP CHOICE

Fogland Waterproof Backpack

5

Ok, we’re biased, but this backpack is pretty perfect for a day on the water.

Totally waterproof zippers and airtight construction, you can keep your valuables safe and dry no matter where you are.

Pros
  • Totally submersible
  • Mesh side pockets
  • 420D nylon TPU material
  • Welded seams
Cons
  • None!

Final Thoughts

Having the right accessories can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying time out on the water. Whether you need to stow gear securely, want to fish, or simply relax on deck, our list of top boat accessories has something for everyone. As you head into the 2024 boating season, consider picking up some of these must-have items that will help you make the most of your time on the waves.

They’ll no doubt enhance your excursions and become indispensable additions for all your aquatic adventures in the months and years to come.

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