Written by Jo Montgomery
January 2021

Looking for the coolest new boating accessories for 2021? Us too! We’re always on the lookout for what’s new, what’s cool and what’s just plain fun. We’ve put together a list of our favorite boat gadgets and other cool boat stuff guaranteed to make your dockmates green with envy. While some are practical, others are just super nifty toys. 

We also kept in mind that not every captain wants to pay a pirate’s ransom. While a few of our picks are worthwhile investments, most won’t have you spending your last Doubloon. No matter what catches your eye, in our opinion, all are worth more than their price tag suggests. So, have fun checking out what we’ve dug up! 


Smartech Anywhere Stainless-Steel Cup Holders

Smartech Anywhere Stainless-Steel Cup Holders - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Smartech Anywhere Stainless-Steel Cup Holders

You can never have enough cup holders aboard your boat.  Are we right? It’s frustrating to run out of secure spaces to place drinks. This product was born out of necessity, because neither you nor your guests want to hold a drink while relaxing on the water.


Scrubba – the world’s smallest washing machine

Scrubba Wash Bag - personal washing machine - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Scrubba Wash Bag – personal washing machine

This little green beauty is perfect for long boat trips. The Scrubba wash bag is the easy way to wash clothes quickly on the go. Just fill the bag with clothes, water, and detergent, then close. After that, rub the clothes against the internal washboard, for clean clothes in only minutes. The bag is small enough to fold up and fit into a pocket, making it a perfect small boat accessory.


Olixar X-Ranger Survival Case

Olixar X-Ranger Survival Case - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Olixar X-Ranger Survival Case

Prepare your iPhone or Samsung for rough seas with the rugged X-Ranger case. It has a flip-out kickstand and a concealed 26-in-1 multitool (or card of your choice) that’s about the size of a credit card. With this case, you’ll be prepared for anything.


Benetech GM816 Handheld Anemometer

Benetech GM816 Handheld Anemometer - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Benetech GM816 Handheld Anemometer

Need an accurate real-time wind measurement at your location? Then a handheld anemometer is the boat accessory you don’t want to leave dock without. It’s compact, easy to use and inexpensive. Win, win, win!


1st Mate Marine Safety & Security System

1st Mate Marine Safety & Security System - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
1st Mate Marine Safety & Security System

This comprehensive marine safety and security system will take the well-being of everyone onboard to the next level.  It can instantly alert passengers to a man over board (MOB) situation. It uses wearable fobs in conjunction with a mobile app and a central hub to turn your boat into a smart safety network.


Sea to Summit 20-Liter Dry Sack

Lightweight Dry Sack - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Lightweight Dry Sack – SeaToSummit

Keep your gear safe and dry. This lightweight, waterproof bag, available in five groovy colors, features taped seams and a roll-top clip system.


Doggy Ladder

Dog Boat Ladder - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Dog Boat Ladder

Here’s something for your most loyal crew member. This sweet boat accessory lets your four-legged-friend take a quick dip and easily and safely get back into your boat. It can even be used by children to get in and out of the water without assistance. The brightly colored ladder is lightweight and easy to attach and remove.


Mad Grit Double Parachute Camping Hammock

Mad Grit Double Parachute Camping Hammock - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Mad Grit Double Parachute Camping Hammock

Living the boating life means you should always make time to hang a hammock by the water. This one, made of durable parachute nylon, hangs with straps instead of ropes, holds two adults, and squishes down into a compact, portable sack.


Dripper Guard

Dripper Guard - Boating Accessories - Marinalife
Dripper Guard

How could we leave the Dripper Guard out of our list? It’s boating maintenance made simple. Not only is it an affordable small boat accessory, but it will save you boatloads of time and money. You won’t be constantly cleaning your hull because this simple gadget prevents it from ever staining in the first place.


We hope you’ve enjoyed checking out our list of the most popular 2021 Boating Accessories. For more suggestions on fun boating accessories, check out our other articles on this topic! We had a blast doing the research to find those gadgets that can help you get the most out of your time on the water.