This article will discuss the best accessories for your boat. We’ll also discuss what these accessories are and why they are important for your boat.
We will start by listing the essential accessories for boat owners according to State Law. These accessories are mandatory for powerboats that navigate in Victoria’s waters.
Accessories for your boat that you must have
Coastal offshore products
Lifejacket (per person onboard/towed).
1x Approved Fire Extinguisher
1x Waterproof buoyant torch
1x Anchor, chain, or line; or both
1x Bailer(if no electric or manual bilge pumping system)
1x Bucket, with lanyard (can double as a bailer).
1x Manual or electric bilge pumping device (if vessel has covered bilge, or closed underfloor compartments that are not airtight void spaces).
1x Pair of rowlocks (or pair of paddles) for each oar.
2x Orange smoke signals for handheld devices
2x Red distress flares for handheld use
1x Lifebuoy (if the vessel is longer than 8m, but shorter than 12m)
2x Lifebuoy (if vessel is longer than 12m)
1x Dinghy/liferaft (if the vessel measures more than 12m)
1x VHFMarine radio (DSC optional, but recommended).
1x Red star parachute distress rocket
1x Registered EPIRB
Coastal inshore supporters
(rivers, lakes, and dams)
You should have the below essential boat accessories in Perth
1. Chartplotter and Paper charts
Chartplotter, or paper charts, are similar to a map. They provide water depth, danger locations along the route, location and characteristics of navigation aids, anchorages, and many other features. Safe navigation is possible only with the nautical chart. To plan their voyages, navigators use paper charts/chartplotters.
Although a chartplotter or paper charts are not required on a boat, most boaters own one and believe it should be. A chartplotter’s main purpose is to help the skipper plot and follow a course. The chartplotter can help you navigate safely and effectively when you return to shore. This life-saving boating system is essential.
2. Fish Finder
Fish Finder uses sound energy to detect reflected pulses of sound energy underwater. It will tell you the number of fish present and their sizes. It also gives you information about the location where you fish, such as the temperature and depth of the water.
An underwater transducer converts an electrical impulse from a transmitter into sound waves and sends them into the ocean floor. If the wave hits something like a fish, it will reflect back and display its size, composition, shape, and other details.
Modern fish finders include GPS navigation, marine radar, compasses, and more. These devices not only help you locate fish but also aid you in finding your way. They are a great tool to find fish in low visibility areas below and above water. GPS integration allows you to see the entire area and mark points so that you can return.
This accessory will revolutionize the way you fish if you’re a fisherman.
3. Anchor winch
No matter the size of your boat, anchor winches can be a great investment. An anchor winch is a device that holds and manipulates an anchor chain to allow it to be raised or lowered.
There are many types of winches available, including mechanical drum style, electric, capstan-style, hydraulic, and mechanical drum style. The performance of your anchor system may be affected by the winch design, weight, and anchor setup. Consider the size of your boat, its utility, and its placement when purchasing a winch. If you are unsure, seek professional advice.
An electronic self-steering system called autopilot can control the boat’s direction but not its speed. Many autopilot systems can be connected to a GPS or chart plotter and will steer your boat to a point or route that you have chosen.
This boat supply is great at keeping the vessel on a straight course even in moderate to light conditions. It also allows for minimal helm movement. Autopilots allow you to manage your boat while also enjoying the back deck fishing, or just taking a break on long trips.
Safety tip: It is strongly recommended that you install a marine radar on your boat. This marine accessory detects potential collision hazards in front of your vessel and alerts you immediately.
5. Dual battery system and VSR system
Two batteries are often used in boats. The first is the Start Battery, which provides a lot of current but can only be charged quickly and is not able to withstand deep discharges. The second is the deep cycle, which can withstand repeated deep discharges and recharging without causing any damage.
Dual batteries have a lower storage capacity than comparable-sized deep cycles. This is why it is recommended that boats with identical batteries be used interchangeably to power both starting and household electrical loads. Dual-purpose batteries are good for some applications. They can withstand deep discharges that could destroy a typical starter battery.
Two batteries are necessary for the primary purpose of having one battery in reserve in the event of problems on the water.
6. Waterproof sound with Bluetooth
You can listen to the radio anywhere you are. It can be mounted on any surface, USB, smartphone, or Bluetooth is capable.
A marine stereo system that includes an AM/FM radio tuner will allow you to track the weather and listen to your favourite stations, regardless of whether you are going out fishing or simply on a cruise.
7. Underwater lighting
Underwater boat lights are designed to illuminate the boat when it is docked or while fishing/sailing. To make underwater LED boat lights work well, they must be made of durable and waterproof materials that resist corrosion.
Tip: Many water products that are not up to standard do not survive in saltwater environments with barnacles, etc.
So that you can enjoy your fishing or other water-related activities, underwater boat lights can illuminate the water below your vessel. Make sure you research all options when choosing underwater lighting for your boat. If possible, get professional advice to help you choose the right brand and type for your needs.
Boatcatch, a boat trailer accessory that is patent-pending, makes it quick and simple to launch and retrieve your boat from the boat ramp. Once it’s installed you’ll never need to stand on a ramp again. There will be no wet feet or slippage on slippery, muddy ramps. You will save time and avoid arguments.
Boatcatch provides safety and security when launching your boat. Boatcatch features a pin with a heavy-duty design that automatically locates in the eye when retrieving the boat and secures it on the trailer.
Some vessels may require minor modifications to ensure a properly installed system.
9. Ballast bag/fat sac
The Wakeboard Ballast bags/Fat Sacs can hold water and add weight. You will need to increase the boat’s weight in order to create a larger wake. Ballast bags are a great and easy way to accomplish this.
You should place most of your ballast towards the back of your boat and one side to maximize your wake. These ballast bags come in a variety of sizes, from 225 pounds up to 750 pounds. Your wake will be larger the heavier you are. This accessory is essential for wakeboarders.