Best West Marine Items for Boaters
Before we left Boston on our live aboard journey we stayed at a marina that was just 5 minutes away from a West Marine store. We were new boaters and had long lists of items that we needed so West Marine was a quick, easy, spot to grab most things. A year later, here are the top 5 items we grabbed from West Marine, that we love and were a great investment for our life on board.
We have had our West Marine Handheld LED spotlight for about a year now and it is probably one of our favorite items on board. Waterproof, durable and capable of three light settings this spotlight can be used in almost any situation requiring some extra light. In addition, the battery life is amazing! It is rechargeable, so no need to worry about replacing batteries, just takes a little DC charging every few weeks, if you use it often, or few months if you use it less frequently. Honestly people this is one of THE best lights we have on the boat! It is great for any number of things including arriving and or anchoring at night, cleaning and inspecting bilge compartments, or illuminating the water at night in your dinghy to name a few. At 1300 lumens at its brightest, it really does an amazing job illuminating any surface or area that you may need, just be sure not to shine it in or near the captains eyes (especially at night!).
So worth it, you won’t be disappointed by the versatility of this light!
We took advantage of the Black Friday deal when we purchased our West Marine PFD’s but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t recommend them. We absolutely love them! When we purchased our boat it came with two (very old and well used) mustang PFDs, both which needed replacement cartridges. So we just decided that we would keep those two as back up and invest in two new ones! We purchased two of the West Marine Offshore inflatable life jackets with harnesses. Fortunately we haven’t needed to use them yet, but they are comfortable, light weight and the built in D-rings allow for easy attachment to jack lines or other safety mechanisms while underway.
3. Rod Holders
If you do any fishing while on board, and you use one or more rods, we highly recommend these rod holders found at West Marine. They are heavy duty and durable and can be hooked to pretty much any life line rail. We have them mounted at the stern of our catamaran and they get use on almost every sail that we make. In a year, they show no sign of wear and tear, and they securely hold the rods that we have on board. We are thinking of grabbing another set for our dinghy for when we do some dinghy trolling!
4. Red Light
Every boater knows “Red lights at night,” so one thing we installed in our saloon/ galley is a light over our nav station that can be switched between normal white light and red light. When we first started sailing there would be countless nights where we would need to do something inside or check a chart or a map and we would be doing it with the minimal light provided by headlights! Not too fun to be hunched over a map or a stove trying to accomplish something with minimal light, and red light for that matter. SO, we found these super awesome lights at West Marine that have the option to switch between red light and white light. We installed it like any other light over our nav station and now we can actually use the red light at night and SEE what it is we are trying to do! Highly recommended for those who do overnight sailing and passages!
5. Bilge Cleaner
Ask me a year ago what bilge cleaner was, no actually ask me what a bilge was and I would have had no idea. Now as the housekeeper of the boat I am very familiar with the bilge and its sometimes unpleasantness. We stocked up on a few bottles of the West Marine bilge cleaner before we left and its a good thing we did. We seem to use it more than I would have imagined, but it does a great job of removing grime and odor. I usually pump out any liquid that may be in the bilge and then do a few hour soak with some of the West Marine Bilge cleaner and then pump it out and find that our bilge is much fresher and cleaner than previously. There are a few different options offered in store and online, however we like the West Marine brand and its citrus scent.