With help from our friends at Boating Magazine, we’ve chosen our top 5 boating gadgets for this summer’s boating.
- The Magma Cabo Gas Grill. Don’t have a grill on board but want to fire up some meats and veggies? Check out the portable Magma Cabo gas grill. If your boat is equipped with rod holders, be sure to purchase the available mount that allows easy setup for the grill. Now you can take that fresh catch and turn your boat into a dine-in restaurant. $229.99 for Cabo Gas Grill; $99.99 for LeveLock All-Angle Rod Holder Mount; com
- Nomadix Towels. Towels are essential on boats of any kind, but often they’re bulky and take up too much storage—and once those bulky ones are wet, good luck using them a second time. Nomadix towels are absorbent, quick-drying, odor-resistant, ultralight and easy to pack. A variety of sizes makes it easy to use some for drying off, others for clean up, and hooded, poncho versions for changing clothes in privacy. $25 to $70; co
- Mission Boat Hammock. Most hammocks are too big for many boats on the water these days. So Mission designed one specifically for use with boats equipped with towers or hardtops. Simply attach straps to the appropriate points and take your lounging to the next level. $49; com
- ACR Bivy Stick. Extra safety is never a bad thing, especially when boating offshore and out of cell phone range. Combined with the Bivy App on your cell phone, the Bivy Stick allows for connection with a global satellite network so you communicate via two-way text messaging, SOS, location sharing, one-touch check-in, and detailed weather reports. $299.95 (not including data plan); com
- Garmin Quatix 7 Series. Garmin’s quatix series of watches have been a hit with boaters for years, and the new 7 Series is the best yet. All your boat’s functions and controls, not to mention charts, navigation, personal health monitoring and more —all on your wrist and at the touch of your fingertips. $599.99 to $1,099.99; com