8 Top waterproof gadgets you need on your boat

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There’s no better place to spend the summer than on a boat. These top waterproof gadgets will make your trip even better.

  • What is the difference between a boat and a yacht? A yacht is a large kind of sailing boat.
  • Which gadgets are truly waterproof? A rating of IPX6 or above means splashproof, while IPX7 means submersible.
  • What are the top waterproof gadgets for sailing? Check out this roundup for some inspiration!

It’s easy to see the allure of sailing. Sipping beer with your friends as the sun descends towards the azure horizon — sounds like paradise, right? If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean, cruising across the waves is surely the best way to spend your summer. Just make sure to bring these top waterproof gadgets along for the ride.

OtterBox Trooper Soft Coolers

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OtterBox Trooper cooler

When you’re on the open ocean, you can’t just pluck a beer from the refrigerator. This spacious splashproof cooler is the next best thing, with a 30-quart capacity and a heavy-duty base. (Price: $249.99 USD)

EcoBoulder Portable Waterproof Speaker

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EcoBoulder waterproof speaker

This speaker on wheels is perfect for boat parties. Inside the waterproof shell you will find one 8-inch full range driver, one 8-inch rear woofer, and a 3-inch tweeter. It also has a built-in digital AM/FM radio, and USB outlets for charging your devices. (Price: $249.99 USD)

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker

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JBL Flip 4 speaker

If you need something smaller, the JBL Flip 4 offers impressive sound in a portable package. You get 12 hours of playtime from the built-in 3000mAh rechargeable battery, and the speaker is submersible. (Price: $99.95 USD)

WPS10 Waterproof Camera Case

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Waterproof camera case

From epic sunsets to curious wildlife, there are many things to photograph from a boat. This waterproof case will keep your camera dry, even if you take a dip in the cool blue water. It works with most DSLRs down to 5 meters below the surface. (Price: $54.99 USD)

Kindle Oasis Waterproof e-Reader

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Kindle Oasis e-reader

The Kindle Oasis has to be the ultimate e-reader for any sailor. It can survive a two-meter dive beneath the waves, and the 300dpi display offers good clarity in sunlight. With up to 8GB of storage, you will never run out of reading material. (Price: $299.99 USD)

Garmin Quatix 5 Marine GPS Smartwatch

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Garmin Quatix 5 watch

With few good reference points, it’s easy to lose your way at sea. The Quatix watch offers a neat solution, with full GPS tracking on your wrist. This device can even track your speed, and control your stereo. (Price: $549.99 USD)

Matador Droplet XL Dry Bag

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Matador Droplet XL dry bag

Keeping your phone and clothes dry can be a challenge when you’re on the water. But the silicone Droplet XL offers safe refuge from the spray, with a Hypalon rolltop closer and YKK zippers. (Price: $69.99 USD)

YETI Panga Waterproof Backpack 28

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Yeti Panga backpack

Need more dry storage? The Yeti Panga is a waterproof fortress for your essential kit. Made from TPU and high-density nylon, the ThickSkin Shell is seriously tough. (Price: $299.99 USD)

Top waterproof gadgets

Whether you’re the proud owner of a superyacht or just messing about on the river, these boat gadgets should add to your experience.

What’s your must-have sailing accessory? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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