If you love the water, you really don’t need anything but your boat to enjoy a day out. That said, the right accessories for your boat can increase your enjoyment many times over. From something as simple as a soft sided cooler to a technologically-advanced underwater 3D image mapping display, in this guide you’ll find our selection of what we consider to be the best boat accessories. Feel free to send an email with a link to this post to your friends and family — subject line: birthday gift ideas!

1. Carver Boat Cover

While Westland and Shortex covers are also excellent, Carver boat covers are not only made in the U.S., but they’re affordable as well. Carver covers are available in Custom-Fit, Styled-to-Fit and Flex-Fit styles that provide an array of fit and price options. Each cover comes in a variety of fabrics that you can choose from, based on your specific needs — including Sunbrella®, Sun-DURA and Performance Poly-Guard.

The company has over 30 years of experience designing covers for a vast number of boat manufacturers and models, so you can find exactly what you want. A quality boat cover will help you protect your investment from mildew, mold, UV damage, and pests. Boat covers make excellent boat warming gifts, too.

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2. Power-Pole Sportsman II Anchor

Although the Power-Pole Sportsman II anchor is an entry-level model in the Power-Pole lineup, what you get for the price of this anchor is truly astounding. The 8-foot-depth anchor will hold boats up to 28-feet long, on any kind of bottom. This anchor uses the C-Monster 2.0 wireless control system, and comes with an advanced wireless dash switch and a wireless key-fob remote control. You can even customize the anchor using the C-Monster app on your smartphone.

Made from aircraft-grade aluminum with stainless steel and brass hardware, the anchor is built to last in both freshwater and saltwater. A powder-coated finish ensures the anchor stays protected in marine environments, and the heavy-duty hose is rated at 2,000 psi.

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3. Power-Pole or Talon Cover

Protect your Power-Pole or Talon anchor with a cover that easily slides over it when it’s not in use. A cover will protect the finish and prolong the life of your anchor. The slip-on design allows for easy installation and removal, and it features an attached strap system with a heavy duty buckle to secure it. You’ll find these covers available in a variety of fabrics, including Poly-Guard, Sunbrella, and Sun-DURA.

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4. T-H Marine Lane Blaster LED Trolling-Motor Light

This extremely bright LED light mounts to your motor to provide better vision at dusk or dark. You’ll also be able to see navigation buoys and markers better in low light. This lamp mounts directly to your trolling-motor mount, making it easy to install. The IP68-rated LED headlight is both waterproof and shockproof, and has a 50,000-hour life. It’s made from corrosion-resistant aluminum and stainless steel, ensuring it can go the distance with you. This light is perfect for boat owners who like to get out to their fishing spots early! It’s also helpful when trailering late in the day.

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5. Lowrance StructureScan 3D

The Lowrance StructureScan 3D gives you eyes where you don’t normally have them. This technology lets you see fish, structure, and bottom contour in three dimensions. The imaging technology scans underwater terrain to give you a view of what lies beneath your boat. This device is especially helpful for anglers who are trying to locate fish. The views are designed to be displayed on the Lowrance HDS Gen3 series of chartplotters, when used with the StructureScan 3D Skimmer transducer and module. Technology geeks will love this device!

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6. Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Soft-sided Cooler

This soft-sided cooler tote by Yeti is ideal for bringing on your boat. It’s tough, built to stand up to the roughest adventures. It’s also leakproof, ensuring you won’t end up with a mess to contend with. A wide-mouth opening makes it easy to load and unload. The compact size and carrying handles make it simple to transport, which is especially helpful for hauling down the dock. Like all Yetis, it features extreme insulation for long-term cold preservation. The cooler comes in two unique color combinations that offer a sporty look.

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7. Bimini Top Privacy Curtain

This Bimini top privacy curtain comes in handy when you need to change on the boat. No need to wear your swimming gear underneath your clothes to prevent giving onlookers an unintentional show! The curtain is easy to install on your Bimini top via an attached strap and buckle system. You can adjust the height to suit your preference.

The curtain is made from Poly-Flex, a marine-grade polyester that’s both breathable and lightweight while being strong enough to handle the inevitable rough treatment that happens to boat accessories. The curtain is water repellent and mildew resistant, and it resists fading due to UV rays.

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8. NRS Chinook Fishing Safety Vest

If you’re ready to graduate from standard life jackets to something more comfortable and functional, this personal flotation device is for you. Eight adjustment points let you customize the fit, and the PlushFIT foam conforms to your body for extra comfort. The mesh lower back provides excellent ventilation for warm days.

Specifically designed for anglers, this vest includes a variety of handy features, such as a coil tool retractor that allows you to clip on tools, multiple D-rings and attachment loops, a knife lash tab, and a strobe holder loop for low light situations. The vest comes with a lifetime warranty.

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9. Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Yes, it would be ideal if everyone could just appreciate the boating experience phone-free, but the reality is that phones come in handy! Many people use the GPS functionality on their phones, so having a working phone is a matter of safety as well. This solar-powered phone charger will ensure your phone doesn’t die on you while you’re out on the water. Take advantage of those beautiful rays that you’re enjoying while out boating, and put them to work.

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10. Outdoor Research Dry Pack

This Outdoor Research Dry Summit Pack is primarily designed for hiking, but it makes a perfect dry bag for boat trips. The 28-liter capacity is ideal for storing all your essentials that you don’t want to get wet, and the pack is collapsible for ultimate totability. Made from nylon with a PU coating, it’s fully waterproof. It features ripstop fabric to prevent tears, making it durable and long-lasting.

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11.Rave Pontoon Slide Water Slide

If you’re taking the pontoon out with the kids, bring along this fun inflatable slide. This popular accessory will bring your family and friends fond memories for years to come. No one will be bored as each of your guests enjoys quick exits from the boat to the water! The slide is made from a durable PVC that stands up to plenty of use and features four straps for easy setup and attachment. It comes with an inflating/deflating pump that will run off of a 12V battery.

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These accessories are a great way to take your boating experience to the next level, making it more comfortable, more fun, and safer too. Use this collection as a bucket list of items to gradually add to your adventures on the water!

Want to explore other boat accessories that will help you enjoy your boat more fully? CoverQuest has a large selection of accessories to keep your boat in prime shape!

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