Must-have items for your new boat

Keep you and your belongings safe and dry.

boat in the water
Necessary boat buys.Roberto H via Unsplash

So you bought a boat—congratulations. Now think about what you need inside of it. While options for boat gear are nearly endless, and depend often on what you’re doing, a few staples for any boat—especially a fishing boat—apply. Consider these before you launch into the big blue.

YETI Panga Airtight, Waterproof and Submersible Bags
Keep your stuff dry.Amazon

Pack this thing full of any item you need on the water, close the zipper, and don’t worry another moment. The YETI bag is 100 percent dry with waterproof zippers and a U-dock to ensure a complete seal. The shell is high-density nylon and the lamination is puncture and abrasion resistant. No matter what you throw at this, or throw this into, your gear stays dry.

Solar Charger 26800mAh
Keep your phone alive.Amazon

Take this with you on a boat, in the mountains, or on the trail and it will charge your devices. Three USB ports allow you to charge three items at a time. Expect enough power to charge a iPhone X up to 7 times and a Galaxy S10 Plus about 8 times. Recharge the battery pack with the sun, or if you think about it, plug it into an outlet.

Folbe Advantage Fishing Rod Holder - Side Gunnel Mount
Let this do the work for you.Amazon

If you plan to do much fishing off of your boat, consider this rod holder. It allows you to set a line, prop your rod in the brace and kick back. The durable build will last you for years. It also has a spring-loaded, auto-locking base. A quick and easy release ensures when you do get a bite, you can be the one to reel it in.

Lewmar Galvanised Delta Anchor
Stay in place.Amazon

An anchor may seem like a simple item, and it is, but it’s also a critical one. Go with the best. This high-grade, manganese steel anchor is perfect for any smaller watercraft. It’s also self-launching. It’s not too big to be in the way, but big enough to keep you stopped whenever you need to be.

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