When you decide to purchase a new boat, you may be unaware of the thousands of accessory items available to make your boat more stylish, easier and safer to use or more fun. You’ll get an inkling if you purchase your boat from a marine dealer, as they will undoubtedly try to sell you as many add-ons as possible.

Protect Your Investment

What types of accessories help protect your investment and keep your boat looking newer longer?  The most obvious one is a boat cover. If you remember the days of old heavy canvas boat covers, fear not, the new ones are lightweight, water resistant and quite easy to attach. It is best to purchase a boat cover that the manufacturer recommends. It may cost a little more, but it will save you time, frustration and ultimately provide you with a much better boating experience. So called “universal” covers or off-brand covers may say they are designed to fit your boat, but they usually will have some fit issues which will cause them to “bubble up” with wind or have other problems while travelling. A good boat cover keeps your boat cushions and carpeting from suffering sun and rain damage. If you are having trouble justifying the cost, remember how much a new boat costs.  If you consider your boat a long-term investment, it’s really a no brainer. Another added benefit is that you can carry a lot of items in your boat while travelling, without fear of losing them. This can be very handy for vacations. Don’t forget, if your boat cover requires bungee cord tie downs, be sure so use the fabric and plastic covered variety so as not to scratch your boat.

Another accessory that can keep your boat looking newer longer is one of the simplest protections that most people don’t have, or even think of; and that is boat bumpers or boat fenders. They come in various sizes, depending on the size of your boat, but most are cylindrical shaped and they can be easily attached to the rope cleats as you approach the dock. Most bumpers are made of vinyl or plastic and some are inflatable. When not in use, they can be easily stored in your boat’s cargo areas.  Depending on size and quality, you can buy bumpers for as little as $10, but most are $20-$40. If you have a larger boat and need quite a few bumpers, you can make them at home. There are some descriptive articles on the internet that provide instructions. A few dollars spent here can easily save the frustration of a scratch on your new boat.

Remember that when it comes to accessories, you’re unlikely to be sorry you bought something that keeps your boat looking like new.