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    14 Products That People With Boats Love

    An adjustable umbrella, a SubSafe, and more products you do ~knot~ want to miss out on.

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    1. A Robocup cup holder that clips on any pole or surface and gives you a place to store two drinks (or even fishing poles) that you can easily move around, if needed.

    Reviewer photo of the cup holder attached to the side of a boat

    Promising review: "This is an awesome drink holder for the boat. I tried about every holder out there until I got this, and finally, I have something worthwhile. It's easy to move around the boat where I need them, they stay in place, and after a full and hard-use season they are still working great." —Drew

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 16 colors).

    2. A JBL Bluetooth speaker to turn your boat into a ~party boat~. Plus, you won't have to worry about an accidental overboards or splashes, because it's waterproof.

    Model holding the cylinder-shaped speaker in red underwater

    Promising review: "This is a great product. The speaker sounds amazing and is definitely waterproof! I take it out on my boat and have never been happier with the sound quality and peace of mind I get from knowing water won’t hurt it! As long as you attach it to the boat or something that floats, you have nothing to worry about! You can use this version as a speakerphone as well. It’s not crystal clear, but it’s better than having to pick up your phone while driving a boat!10/10 would recommend!" —Shane

    Get it from Amazon for $79.90 (available in nine colors and patterns).

    3. A hanging trash can you can attach to the back of the seat and give everyone a place to stash their trash before it flies away.


    Promising review: "We placed two of these on our boat, one for trash and one for recycling. They work great. The lid stays closed when we are in motion, and they hang out of the way. The removable liner is great because it allows us to dump the bags without removing the entire thing." —Robert W.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97+ (available in black, tan, and grey).

    4. A scuff eraser designed specifically to remove marks from all the materials on your boat — leaving it looking as good as new.

    Three of the erasers in white with a blue stripe in the middle sitting in front of the box

    Promising review: "I normally don’t write reviews but I had to for these. I was so amazed. I literally wiped the eraser across my boat seat and it was instantly clean. It took away those dark dirt spots that look like lines in a second. I was so amazed I couldn’t stop cleaning. Ha ha. I will be telling people when they borrow my boat to donate some of these. :) I highly recommend these to anyone." —Happy Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A top-snapper tool to help you snap and unsnap that pesky canvas boat cover in place so you can get it done in minutes instead of struggling and ending up a sweaty mess.


    Promising review: "I have to admit that I was skeptical of this tool, and I bought it purely on a recommendation. Now, I have to admit that I was wrong to doubt it. This makes trouble snaps MUCH easier to fasten, and as an added bonus, it allows me to fasten snaps from the inside using the other end of the tool. This is VERY USEFUL when putting up an Eisenglass enclosure from inside the boat. Some complained about the price, and I see their point so some extent, but the tool is well made and should last a lifetime if not dropped overboard! I highly recommend this handy tool if you have any stubborn snaps." —Craig

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    6. An adjustable umbrella with SPF 50+ in it that you can clamp on to any part of the boat and provide (or your furry friend) a shaded place to hang out.

    Reviewer photo of the umbrella on the side of a boat with a dog sitting on a towel under it

    Promising review: "This is a great little umbrella for one person only. I clamped it to the stainless rail of my boat but had to add a thin rubber strip to get added traction. A good buy and a good price." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two sizes and eight colors and patterns).

    7. A solar-powered battery charger that will keep your battery charged while you're out and about so you never get ~stuck up a creek~.

    The rectangle solar panel in black

    Promising review: "I used this product all last summer to maintain power levels in my boat batteries, and it works great. Just hook it to the batteries, and it does all the work." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $139.95 (available in 5- 10- and 15-watts).

    8. A waterproof bag you can keep towels, clothes, cellphones, wallets, or anything else you need aboard that you don't want to get wet.

    A black and yellow vinyl bag sitting on a kayak

    Promising review: "I used this dry bag recently while boating to carry electronics such as cameras, iPods, and such. As luck would have it, the boat hit a big wave that swamped the deck. This bag kept everything dry and safe. I'm glad I bought it." —The Nomadic Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in seven sizes and 10 colors).

    9. Bimini clips so you can easily hang towels up and either give you more shade or just let them dry out after you use them.


    Promising review: "I love these. I want more. They're great to hook the towels up in the boat to keep, dry out after use, or to create more shade. They hold good in the wind. They have not loosened up. I love them and want another set." —Jim Reinhardt

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $12.98 (available in seven colors).

    10. A SubSafe designed to fit a sub sandwich perfectly and keep water out, so you can stash your food in the cooler and not worry about pulling out a soggy sandwich hours later. 🤮

    Two hot pink and two teal SubSafes in a cooler full of drinks, showing how they're waterproof

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this. I got one for each daughter as well as myself. We spend a lot of time boating, and the Sun Safe keeps your sub dry and not squashed. It goes right in the cooler and will retain the shape and taste. No more soggy subs. It also fits half a sub in case you are not splitting one." —Ivy Danforth

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).

    11. A floating keychain in a very bright yellow color so not only will your keys float if they end up in the water, but you'll also be able to spot them instantly.

    The bright yellow keychain with the word "chums" on it and three keys attached

    Promising review: "I've used several floating keychain setups and really like this one a lot. It'll hold three keys easy and if dropped in the water stands up and has great color visibility. Easy to grab onto and nice to hold or put in a pocket. Highly recommend!" —Josh

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    12. A portable reclining seat you can set up anywhere you need an added seat or even just one with a back that'll make your trip that much more comfortable.

    Model sitting on the blue recline seat on the front of a sailboat

    Promising review: "We bought these to use in our boat and on campsites when there is nowhere to sit. They are very universal though and are compact enough to take anywhere. I absolutely love how comfy these chairs are and they even recline back pretty far." —Dennis

    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in four colors).

    13. A suction phone mount that'll ~stick~ close to you as you drive so you can use it for directions or just to pick the next song you're going to jam to.

    Promising review: "I mounted this under a boat console and after a couple of hours in large waves, it held on with no problems. The only negative is that the joint that holds the clamp was a bit weak, so the phone would sometimes point downwards, but this should not be a problem under normal usage." —Dave M.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49

    14. An aluminum folding table perfect to set up if you need some extra space for snacks and drinks (while you're not moving of course). It can then be picked up and stashed away when not in use., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this to use on our boat, and it's perfect. It's lightweight and easy to put together and stores great. We use it when we grill on the boat and it's perfect to help place the food and other picnic items." —floodbunch

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97+ (available in small, medium, large and in red and blue).

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