The Most Popular Boating Accessories

Most boaters are itching for boating season when it’s off-season. Given the choice, boaters will spend most of their free time on the water, swimming, fishing, and relaxing in summer. If you spend a lot of time in a boat, you may want to consider some of the most popular boat accessories that will give your boat some added functionality.

Ditch Bag

Every boat should have an emergency bag, also known as a “ditch bag”. In there, you can keep important paperwork, some snacks, first aid materials, a whistle, and a mirror, plus any other emergency supplies you can think of. There are quite a few different styles of “ditch bag” on the market. Take some time to find the right one for you and your boat.


Obviously, the boat’s surface is going to get wet, and you need to stay sure footed, which is why it’s important to invest in a pair of good quality boat shoes. Take your time and don’t buy the cheapest pair. You’re going to be in these shoes a lot, so they better be comfortable and supportive, while also offering good traction on wet surfaces.


If you plan on boating at night, you’ll want to keep your hands free to steer and read charts. A headlamp can provide the light you need for working. Obviously, you’ll want to find a headlamp the is waterproof; it will help if it’s lightweight.


A long day on the water means you need to stay stocked with snacks and water. Finding the right cooler will help you keep your drinks cooler longer. Do your research and find one that’s the right size for your boat. There are some manufacturers that claim they can even keep things cool for days.

Pet Steps

If your dog loves boating and the water as much as you do, make sure she’s taken care of too. Pet steps can be a huge help. There are many different options and styles of pet steps that attach to the side of the boat. She may be able to jump in the water, but it’s hard to climb back in without some wrestling. The steps will make it much easier for her to climb in on her own. After all, playing in the water will wear you out. A doggie life jacket is another smart investment. Most dogs love the water but not every dog can swim.

Waterproof Stereo

What’s a day on a boat without some awesome tunes? There are plenty of Bluetooth speakers on the market. There are even waterproof models — a smart choice for life on the lake.

If you’re a Michigan boater, you’ll want to get your hands on some of these accessories, depending on your needs. They can enhance your ride, or just give you a little something extra to brag about.


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