Heading out to the water with friends or family anytime soon? Going fishing, waterskiing, or tubing? Or perhaps you just want to float around on the water for a bit and soak up the last remnants of sunny days before winter hits. Either way, here are seven things to make your boating adventures better.
1. New boat seats
Naturally, your outings will be better with amazing snacks and drinks, but you can’t enjoy yourself if you’re not comfortable. If you’ve got old, worn-and-torn seats, it’s time to get some new, comfortable boat seats.
If you’re going to spend any amount of time on the water, the comfort of your seats will matter. Even if all you do is get a couple of deck chairs for additional seating, it’s better than making people sit on uncomfortable seats.
You may even decide to sell your boat later on and having comfortable seats will be a huge plus to potential buyers.
2. A floating island
Floating islands make days out on the lake even better. You can’t always stretch out and relax on a boat, but you can on a floating island. Just anchor your boat, tie up your floating island, and climb up and enjoy the space.
With a floating island, you can find a calm, cool space to relax and head over to the island to party – or take a nap.
3. A marine gas grill
Most people barbecue their food before packing it up for the boat. Then, there are a handful of people who actually mount grills to their boats. There are pros and cons to each, but if you’ve never barbecued on a boat, you’re missing out.
Imagine gathering your friends for a day out on the lake and firing up a gas grill right on deck. This is actually one of the best boating accessories you could ever get. While some barbecues are powered by charcoal, others use camp-size propane cylinders that you can find in the camping section of just about any department store.
4. A portable ice maker
If you plan on being out on the water for a while on a warm day, you’ll want a portable ice maker. Ice is great for iced tea, lemonade, soda or water. It’s also great for keeping bottled drinks cool. However, if you rely on bringing your own ice, you’ll run out at some point.
Having a portable ice maker on deck makes it easy to get ice anytime you need it. You’ll just need a power outlet on board to power it up.
5. A USB-powered cooler
A USB-powered cooler will allow you to keep your drinks and snacks cool while you’re out on the water. And, coupled with a power bank, like a Jackery, you won’t have to worry about running out of battery. If you need to power-up, just plug your cooler into your Jackery and charge it.
Whether you and your friends want to enjoy a cold beer, water, soda, or any other beverage, having a USB cooler is much easier than having to buy ice and lug around a large, heavy cooler.
Plus, when the ice melts you can’t keep your drinks cold anymore. A USB-powered cooler allows you to keep drinks cold nonstop.
6. Bluetooth speakers
You can’t have a day out on the water without good music, but if you don’t have good speakers it won’t matter. Before heading out, make sure you get some good Bluetooth speakers that hold a charge. Get a couple because the music will sound much better coming from multiple directions.
7. A cutting board that connects to your fishing rod holder
For those times when you want to clean your fish right on deck, you’ll appreciate having a cutting board that connects to a fishing rod holder. It’s the most stable way to keep a cutting board on deck that won’t slide around.
If you don’t fish, you can use the cutting board for preparing sandwiches or cutting up fruits, vegetables, or sausages. Just don’t cut sandwiches after you’ve been gutting fish on the board.
Load up with your favorite games and gadgets
These are just some examples of things that will make your boating adventures more fun. If your outings have been lacking, try loading up with your favorite games or gadgets. Or, ask people what they enjoy and try something new on each trip.