Summer is better when you spend it on the water. while lounging by Beach Or pool is nice, the real power move is kicking the deck of a boat (and maybe throwing some Jimmy Buffett). But before you leave the dock behind, be sure to bring the right gear with you: This essential boating gear guide will ensure you’re prepared for a full day on the water.
From high-tech marine watches to stylish sun hats and dependable boat shoes, the right gear will keep you prepared and comfortable for a day at the lake or on the ocean. Navigate this list of 10 essentials from brands like swansAnd the GarminAnd the Olokai, and more.
Basic Boat Equipment Manual
1. Pelican 70-Quart Elite Cooler
tough enough to Bear grizzly attack And insulated enough to hold ice for days, this pelican cooler deserves a place on your deck. Besides the freeze-grade seal and sturdy latches, it includes several useful boat features, including four built-in cup holders, a built-in bottle opener, non-slip raised legs, and an integrated fish scale on the lid.
2. ZEEPORTE Flipper Mask Snorkel Set
While spending a day on the water is great, sometimes you want to know what it is at water. Whether it’s a colorful fish or a spooky old shipwreck that catches your eye, this mask, fin and snorkel set will help you explore beneath the waves. The highly rated kit is fully adjustable (perfect for sharing amongst your crew), the snorkel features a dry-valve so it doesn’t absorb water, and it’s affordable, too.
3. Ugly Stik GX2 Rod and Shakespeare Reel Combo
Even if you’re not a serious fisherman, throwing a line off your deck is always fun. This dependable rod and reel setup is suitable for beginners without sacrificing performance in the event of one major downtime. Six feet of graphite and fiberglass ugly steak bar It can handle fish up to 15 lbs, while the anodized aluminum spool and bail wire are from Shakespeare It makes the utterance a no-brainer.
4. Garmin quatix 6
This marine focus smartwatch is a great choice for any boater. The quatix 6 is packed with features and can connect to other Garmin devices installed on your boat. It allows you to use autopilot, view boat data, plot waypoints, access coastal charts and maps, monitor your health metrics, and much more – all from your wrist. In other words, it’s your first virtual companion.
5. SQiN For Him SPF 30 Sunscreen
The only thing worse than forgetting sunscreen? Settle for bargain basket formulations that are full of chemicals that can irritate your skin and harm the environment. This mineral based, reef-safe sunscreen offers dependable SPF 30 protection and comes with nutrients rich in antioxidants, including aloe vera and pomegranate seed oil to rejuvenate and hydrate your skin.
6. GoPro Mezcal Floating Polarized Sunglasses
You probably know GoPro for its cameras, but the company also makes a great pair of boat-friendly shades, too: Mezcal sunglasses offer style, high performance, and incredible value. It’s polarized and can float in both fresh and salt water, and comes with three pairs of colored lenses (bronze is best for water) so you can enjoy optimum clarity at sea And the on the beach.
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7. Hemlock Dorado Hat
A lifeguard hat that offers a modern blend of durability and character, the Hemlock Cap will keep you protected from the summer sun. The handwoven straw hats are designed to withstand the wear, while the under-brim lining features several color print options to match your style (we love the funky Dorado version).
8. OluKai Nohea Moku
For a boat shoe that looks stylish and offers first-class functionality, choose Nohea Moku from OluKai. The non-binding laces, removable gel footbed, rubber bootie construction, and breathable mesh upper make them super comfortable and perfect for wearing without socks. Plus, the unique heel counter means you can wear them as slides without causing any damage.
9. NRS H2Core Silkweight Long Sleeve Shirt
Your day on the boat may be great right now, but your skin will pay a heavy price. Protect yourself in this lightweight, breathable long-sleeved shirt from NRS. The poly-spandex blend fabric dries quickly, and the thoughtful seam placement eliminates chafing under the arms.
10. Saxx Oh Buoy Swim Shorts
Don’t let anger dampen your boating day. The Oh Buoy swim shorts from Saxx will keep boys comfortable thanks to a form-fitting mesh lining and the company’s iconic BallPark bag. On the outer shell, you’ll get four convenient pockets and a stylish pattern that’s sure to garner some compliments from your crew.
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