We’re always hearing about new and interesting items for boats, but often it’s the really weird and wacky ones that stick. Here are a few of the latest to catch my eye.
The Super Jam Boom Box Music Cooler comes from a company called Home Wet Bar (which also offers such goodies as a leather beer bottle holster, the “I am that kind of girl” hip flask, and golf-club swizzle-sticks). They sent me this soft-sided cooler to try out, and although I thought it was purely a novelty item at first, it turned out to be pretty darn nifty. The Super Jam Boom Box Music Cooler has a mini boom-box built into its side compartment. The music quality far surpasses what you’d expect from a soft-sided cooler with a couple of feather-light three-inch speakers, and it’s large enough to hold a six-pack plus ice—or, in my case, about three pounds of fresh bait. I found it handy for my smaller boat, a 14′ Polar Kraft used for crabbing in the summer and duck hunting in the winter. The boat’s too small to install a fixed-mount stereo, but this $50 option kept us entertained while it kept our bait chilly and fresh.
Another wacky item that caught my eye lately: the LifeProof waterproof/dirtproof/shockproof iPhone case. Again, this is a handy item for those of us who own small boats. If you have one, you already know how easy it is to kill a cell phone onboard—all it takes is a single drop or splash. The LifeProof seals your phone in a polycarbonate frame, with a screen that leaves the phone’s screen fully touch-able. So, what’s so striking about yet another phone case? This one actually has acoustic vents at the microphone and speakers, it’s completely waterproof and can be submerged down to 6.6 feet, and it even comes with a headphone adaptor. But… you do have to pay top dollar for top protection—the LifeProof goes for a whopping $79.
The Most Abnormal Award goes to the bathing beauty bumper from Hooklineandstinker. This is the only boat fender on the market that has the potential to make you blush; it’s even available in two versions, one with a frontal view and the other featuring the bathing beauty’s… um… aft. It goes for $60, which is pretty darn reasonable when you consider how much regular fenders cost. How much grief it will cost you with your wife, however, is another matter.