When most of us think of upgrading our boats, we tend to think of the big-ticket stuff. The small upgrades often have the biggest impact, since they tend to address the minor issues that inconvenience or annoy you every day. Here are 8 of our favorite easy, low-cost, high-impact quality-of-life upgrades.
If you have a father in your life who owns a boat, it’s a pretty safe bet that for Father’s Day he’d like something boat-related! You’ll need to look for a gift that can work with almost any boat and requires little or no effort to install.
It’s one of the first questions you’re likely to consider while shopping for a boat: Aluminum or fiberglass? Fiberglass has a couple of clear advantages. But aluminum has come a long way in aesthetics and performance.
If there was one thing Joe Capalbo missed about his previous boat, it was the recessed tackle storage units in both sides of the leaning post, readily accessible from the cockpit. He needed more room to store jigs, weights, hooks, leader, knives, pliers, and more within arm’s reach of the cockpit while fishing his Chesapeake Bay home waters.
Looking for a simple and cost-effective way to accessorize your boat? Listen to our team discuss some options for boating & fishing accessories that require no installation. From fillet tables to entertainment stations, there are plenty of options for those looking to make the most of their next trip on the water.
It’s a bass tournament angler’s nightmare: open the livewell lid to find the precious cargo inside belly up. That’s the problem that Donnie Ewers, a Sales Engineer at Boat Outfitters and an amateur tournament bass angler, thought he might be able to solve with a small, transparent window that could be retrofitted to a livewell lid.
To understand how we’re different, you need to know how Boat Outfitters grew out of a larger company called Teak Isle, whose primary business is supplying boat builders with OEM parts like inset tackle box and drawer units, hatches and doors, dash and switch panels, swim platforms and ladders, cabinetry, and fishing rod and tool holders.
At the start of the 2023 season, Greico, who fishes all over the country on Major League Fishing’s Tackle Warehouse Invitational circuit, agreed to try an innovative solution he hoped would mean more time casting and less time checking his wells.
It’s a bass tournament angler’s nightmare: open the livewell lid to find the precious cargo inside belly up. It only takes a few seconds to see that everything is in order, but add the time it takes to get from the bow to the well and kneel to open the lid — it adds up to quite a few lost casts.
There’s something at once thrilling and intimidating about venturing out of sight of land in your own boat for the first time. With some planning and preparation, though, your first trip offshore can be safe and fun. This third part concerns ways to make your boat safer.
In the first part of this three-part series, we discussed boat requirements, trip planning, and preparation. This section addresses safety gear that can save your boat or your life in the event something goes wrong.
Sure, your leaning post does everything that’s listed in the job description — it provides you with a spot to lean at the helm and a little bit of bulk storage under the cushion. With a bit of innovative thinking and a few carefully selected accessories, you can turn your aluminum frame leaning post into a multi-function fishing and driving station.
A livewell is more than just a cooler full of bait or bass instead of beer. Livewells keep fish alive for anglers for a range of purposes: the fish are bait and preferably live bait; the fish are dinner; the fish comprise the winning bag in this week’s tournament as long as they show up at weigh-in still flippin’.
Renowned Florida Keys guide Capt. Greg Poland runs mainly inshore charters but has done his share of offshore fishing, too — particularly kite fishing for sailfish. So he knows how a dedicated rocket launcher can streamline the game by positioning multiple rods in one location.
We get it, winter is over and you're itching to get back on the water! Here are some tips on what you should be doing this spring to put more fish in the boat. We'll go over some fish to target and ways to catch them this spring.
Fishing pontoons are made, not born. All of those basic fishing boat features — rod and tackle storage, bait and live wells, trolling motor rigging, and so on — have to be added. Among your first priorities should be a convenient, secure place to stow rods where they’re easily accessible.
Is there any boat accessory more useful and versatile than the good ol’ 5-gallon bucket? Nothing is perfect, though, and there’s always room for improvement — even with a 5-gallon bucket. Here are a few ways to make yours even better!
It’s tough to imagine a better low-key, family-and-friends boating activity than scalloping on Florida’s west coast. Harvesting scallops is challenging enough to be fun but easy enough for kids and adults. Make sure you have all the right gear for your next adventure!