Browsing All Posts By trolling
How To Charge a Trolling Motor Battery
Owning a trolling motor battery is different to a starter battery on a boat because it is a deep cycle variety or dual-purpose one. It has a long lifespan and gets up to a full charge quicker too.
With any kind of battery, it’s necessary to perform basic maintenance on them to keep it functioning well. Without maintenance, the battery will gradually deteriorate and then outright fail. If out on the water when the battery dies on you and won’t charge back up, your trolling motor won’t function. If you’re using the trolling motor because your main starter battery is drained, then you’re completely out of luck at that point. You’ll have to get on the radio to get rescued because you’re now stranded out on the water.
Charging up a trolling motor isn’t hard. When charging a trolling motor battery properly, it won’t take that long. We will run through how to do that a variety of different ways in this article.
Best Options to Charge Up a Trolling Motor Battery
Way back in the day, these batteries were recharged by moving battery acid around within the container of the battery. It worked, but it was a slow approach and needed physical effort over a period of time to get the necessary result. It was a real pain, basically. Thankfully, battery technology has progressed since then.
There’s no one method for recharging in a modern way through because there’s not one type of trolling motor battery, but several. As such, they require a different approach to charging to get them to work. Different chargers are required in some cases too. It sounds complicated, but we’ll explain.
Different Trolling Motor Battery Types
Here are the three types of trolling motor battery:
- AGM Absorbed Glass Mat Battery
These are easy to charge. They’re flexible enough to charge using a solar panel pack, an outboard or onboard charger. They also charge up quickly too.
With AGM batteries, overcharging will damage them and reduce their lifespan. It’s charging cycle must be reviewed closely to avoid damaging it.
- Sealed Gel Batteries
The sealed gel variety uses acid. They’re no problem to charge up. The battery includes an agent that helps make the internal material thicker to prevent leaks.
With this type of battery, dead cells make it harder to refill the battery as a whole. Therefore, avoid killing-off battery cells by either undercharging the battery or overcharging it.
- Flooded Cell Batteries
The flooded cell battery is currently the most popular. It is also easier to charge up. The acid goes into the battery container. A negative plate is used during this process which delivers an electrical response in the battery’s cells.
The risk with this battery is acid spills which can burn the skin or eyes badly. Caution is required when charging these batteries.
- Charging Batteries Using Solar Power
A trolling motor can be charge with solar power. A solar panel and other equipment are needed to do this.
Simply position the solar panel on the boat. A higher position is better to catch more sun rays. A boost converter is useful to take low voltage and convert it successfully. A relay circuit is useful when charging more than one battery.
Charging using solar is not totally reliable. You can need to recharge right away, and the sky is overcast. Or, it can be late in the afternoon delivering too little juice to charge the battery. Slow charging is common with a solar panel, but it usually works. Patience is required.
- Charging Batteries Using a Portable Charger
A portable charger is very convenient to charge a deep cycle battery. They are not too heavy to carry onto and off the boat.
The portable charger is not left attached to the battery. It is attached, completes the charging cycle and then is disconnected again. A few models are pretty durable, and they last a good amount of time. They certainly charge a battery faster than solar in most cases.
- Charging Batteries Using an On-Board Charger
With onboard Marine battery chargers, then come in three varieties:
- DC alternator
Each works well and charges a battery quickly. The precision models can charge all types of batteries. You select the battery type first.
Here are some questions to ask about battery chargers:
- Battery Type?
The battery type will either be gel, flooded or AGM. The gel batteries need a special type of charger, but the other battery types work with most chargers.
- What’s the Amperage of my Battery?
Because batteries vary in size, their amps also differ from make, model and size battery to another. For instance, with a 50-amp hour battery, a charge that can deliver 6-8 amps is going to be plenty. The rate matters because it determines both the speed of the charging process and the durability of the battery.
- What If You Need to Charge a Battery While Boating?
Not all batteries do well when charging on the water. Each battery charger is designed to be used in a different way, so it’s important to verify that before purchase. Most chargers can adjust the rate of charge to suit the situation too.
Bear in mind that AGM chargers can provide a speedy charge when the boat is out, but that can damage the cells in the battery, along with the separators and metal plates too. For AGM chargers, set them at a minimal amperage to avoid damaging them.
- Do’s and Don’ts
- Arriving on-shore, charge the batteries every time
- Keep the top of the batteries clean. If they have a lake or sea water on them, dry them off. This avoids the terminals getting damaged making them not accept a charge
- A solar power charger that uses a smart controller to slowly trickle charge the battery is useful and extends the life of the battery in many cases
- When using more than one battery, stick to a single type. Don’t mix them because it’s too easy to charge both and forget that they’re different.
- Avoid overcharging a battery at all costs. Nothing good comes of it
Take battery charging seriously. They’re a vital piece of equipment but must be well-managed to use them properly.
READ MORE +
How to Charge a Deep Cycle Battery Properly
You get on the river, lake or open water to enjoy yourself. The last thing you need is to worry about whether your deep cycle battery will last the duration while you’re on the water.
Without a deep cycle battery, your outings aren’t going to get very far. This is because of they powerboat accessories, a trolling motor on a boat, or other items for people in an RV or camping out. They’re versatile that way.
The deep cycle marine battery is robust, but it needs taking care of at the same time. Here are some tips on how to charge it and maintain it too:
A deep cycle battery is not the same as the battery in your motor vehicle. A battery is a battery, but the deep cycle one is more capable in many respects.
Unlike with most car batteries, a deep cycle type can take an 80 percent discharge and still get charged back up to 100 percent later. It also doesn’t tend to suffer memory loss where it loses its ability to hold a full charge either.
Ways to Charge up a Deep Cycle Battery
There are two main approaches to charging up a deep cycle battery. The first is to charge the battery while it’s on the boat already, in the fixed position. The second is to take the battery out of the boat and make use of a portable charging unit to top the battery up to full.
How to Go About Charging the Battery
Using the right type of charge for the battery is necessary to avoid damaging either the charger or the battery. Both aren’t cheap.
Hook up the supplied clamps by referencing the charger’s instructions and following them to the letter. Check the readout to see what charge level the batteries already have and how long they’ll take to load up.
The best method to follow with a portable battery charger is usually this:
- Check the charger’s manual (download it if needed) to verify the correct instructions as they can vary between chargers.
- Perform a disconnection of the deep cycle battery from the boat’s systems to avoid a surge or electrical damage.
- Be aware of gas release by the battery and the need to charge in a place where the gas can safely dissipate outdoors.
- Look over the terminals on the battery and clean where needed. Wear protective eyewear and rubber gloves due to sulfides that may escape from the battery during the charging process.
- In most cases, deep cycle batteries do not need topping off and are bought sealed.
- Once the battery is disconnected and when wearing protective gear, clip the red clamp to the terminal (positive only). It has a plus symbol near to it. Modern chargers may have a feature to alert you if you hook the clip to the wrong terminal, but don’t assume that.
- Now, clip the black clamp to the negative terminal (usually has a minus sign nearby).
- Connect the charge to the power outlet (110-120 volts AC).
- Check the charger to see what kind of battery types it can handle. It may be necessary to pre-select the battery type you’re planning to charge.
- Initiate the charge. Most chargers have an auto-stop feature to avoid overcharging when hitting the battery’s limit.
- When the battery is fully charge, turn the charger off and disconnect it from the power outlet. Now it’s ready to reinstall in your boat (if you removed it for charging).
Will a Trickle Charger Be Sufficient?
No. Trickle charges don’t deliver enough juice to charge up a deep cycle battery. At least 10-15 amps is needed for the job. Do not buy a trickle charger to attempt this. It won’t work, and you’ll waste your money.
How Can You Charge Up a Deep Cycle Battery in a Boat?
Check whether the charger you have is appropriate to connect to the electrical system on your boat. It needs to operate using power generated by the boat’s motor to work right.
The charge gets hooked up to the electrical system using the provided instructions for the charger. The charger shouldn’t overcharge the battery and will provide meaningful information about battery levels as it charges. A motor-powered charger often charges faster than one using a power outlet.
Charging a Deep Cycle Faster
There are times when charging a battery quicker is desirable. This is possible to do by increasing the amperage charge up to 20 amps from 10-15 amps that it starts at.
However, be aware that this will most likely shorten the useful life of your deep cycle battery. It’s also possible to buy a charger that has improved circuitry to manage current in better ways for a faster charge without damaging the deep cycle battery in the process.
One way to reduce charging time is to only charge to 90 percent. This is because getting to a full 100 percent charge takes considerably longer and extends the charging time noticeably. However, don’t do this all the time.
Typical Discharging Rates
Deep cycle batteries used in the marine world have a different discharging rate than regular marine batteries. In fact, the discharge rate is greater than 80-85 percent in many cases with deep cycle batteries, but around 50 percent with marine batteries. Some adjustment is needed for people who have experience with the marine batteries used to start engines because they do not function the same way or charge up the same as deep cycle ones used in boating.
Make sure you disconnect the battery from the boat before charging it. Use the right charger for the type of battery that you have. Consult the manual for the charger before you do anything. Use protective eyewear and rubber gloves to protect from discharge from the battery which can get in the eyes or on the hands and cause injury. Also, while speeding up charging is subject to the charger that you own, only charging to 90 percent saves time.
READ MORE +
Best Stand Up Paddle Board 2019 Reviews
Choosing the best stand up paddle board isn’t the easiest thing to do. You can be a beginner and be trying to figure out what to buy from them, myriad of product options or you might be an experienced paddler whose worn out his or her board and needs something better the next ride on the water. Either way, I’m sure we have a suitable paddle board that will fit both your needs and your budget too.
We’ve selected paddle boards that can handle varied water conditions and are suitable for paddlers of all abilities; not just the advanced paddle boarders. They come in different shapes and sizes, and color choices to please everyone. After that, we have some advice for SUP fans who need to learn more about the ins and outs of paddler boarding and not just which product is their best choice.
First, let’s dig into the product reviews to see which product will be right for you.
Top 5 Stand Up Paddle Board Reviews
Peak Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board with Adjustable Paddle
The ISLE Surf and SUP is a complete kit for anyone starting out with paddle boarding and wanting a one-stop shop. It’s an inflatable standup paddleboard that comes complete with its own starter paddle too. It is sold in the color schemes of aqua, white or blue which each color being muted, to not stand out much in the water.
When inflated, the board reaches 10 feet, 6 inches long, 31-inches wide and 6-inches of depth. This is a good size for people who want a longer board to balance their weight more effectively. The board carries a paddler up to 300 lbs, and itself weighs 23 lbs.
There is a leash setup on the top of the board. The board is rigid and dependable once fully inflated. There is a high-performance hand pump supplied, and an electric SUP pump would work well too.
The board is made of durable PVC, so it doesn’t suffer accidental damage and stays in one piece. The paddle is a good size and adopts the same color scheme as the board itself.
There is a carry backpack that fits the pump and other accessories inside. There’s also Bungie-like cord supported at 6 points on the top of the board for storage while riding.
The manufacturer offers a 30-day guarantee and a one-year warranty on material defects.
Sportstuff 1030 Adventure Stand Up Paddleboard With Accessories
The Sportstuff 1030 Adventure Stand Up Paddleboard is a colorful product that stands out among many. It has a blue and yellow blended look with subtler orange stripes and a distinctive orange border around it. There’s also a four-point mesh on the board to store a couple of items like a bottle of refreshment.
The SUP hand pump is a Sportstuff branded that comes with it is a high-quality free-standing one with its tubing, a gauge to avoid over-inflating the paddle board and a valve wrench too. It also has its own paddle.
There is webbing on both the fin and the board to secure items while boarding or during transport.
The SUP board is 10 feet 6 inches long and 30-inches wide, with a 4-inch depth when fully inflated. It’s capable of holding up a 250 lb person. The board has 1/3 less depth than the previous ISLE Surf and SUP board and doesn’t support a 300 lbs paddler.
There are EVA pads provided that prevent the feet sliding on the board when its wet or the feed at wet. This certainly helps make paddle boarding more enjoyable by staying upright for longer each time before being knocked off the board.
The board itself weighs 27 pounds.
A larger black backpack packs all the deflated board and all the accessories in a single package to sling over the back or in the trunk of a vehicle.
ISLE Classic Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board (5″ Thick) SUP Package
The Classic Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board is a white and blue SUP board with black lines that almost make it look like a runway of sorts. It has an attachable central fin and an aluminum paddle that floats on the water and is adjustable for length up to 85-inches.
The full length is 10 feet, 8 inches, with a 31-inch width and 5-inch depth. Slightly longer than most reviewed SUP boards, but a similar width. The depth is in the middle range. There is support for paddlers up to 275 pounds.
The deck is softer than some, so while firm enough it feels good on the feet for prolonged water use. The board has an EPS core for strength and a higher density bottom to handle harsher waters and stay in one piece. The design of the board suits beginners, intermediate and advanced paddlers. Either calm waters or the odd minor wave is handled well with this board from Isle.
A handle in the center of the board makes it easier to carry around from the surf to the car.
Can be returned within 30 days, but comes with a restocking fee.
SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (6 Inches Thick) Universal SUP Wide
The serene life Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is available in either marine blue or olive green coloring. Both boards have a white top with a colorful non-slip central part area that’s either blue or green. The board curves up at the front to take the waves head-on. Four-point webbing at the front of the board helps hold items while on the waves.
The softer deck is better for newer paddlers to get used to staying upright without injuring themselves when they fall. The deck is quite thick too. It’s also 10 feet long and 31 inches wider to give enough space for a good stance to remain stable. Holds a person up to 275 pounds. 20 PSI is the maximum pressure needed to fully inflate the board.
There is the main fin at the back of the board and two smaller fins spread out a little further up the board. These help with stability and steering especially.
The paddle is an adjustable one to suit people of different heights. Being inflatable, there’s a high-pressure black hand SUP pump provided to push air into the SUP ready for use.
A lightweight storage bag is also provided.
HydroForce White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard SUP and Kayak 10′
The BestwayHydroForce White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard SUP and Kayak is a little different to the other four products under review. When you want both a Kayak and a SUP to mix it up and have true flexibility before you go out on the water, this is a possibility.
The design of the inflatable is such that it has a standard appearance, but also with a seat that fixes to the top deck and lets you put the legs in the water and paddle without needing to stand up.
The paddle board measures 120 inches by 32 inches by 4 inches. It will support a paddler up to 209 pounds which is much lower than the other products reviewed. It has a traction pad on the deck to prevent foot slippage when standing up and paddling.
There is a hand pump and an air gauge to avoid pumping too much air into the SUP. An aluminum paddle is provided, so you don’t have to go out and buy one.
There’s a bag provided where all the items can be packed down including the deflated SUP and metal paddle.
How To Pick the Best Stand Up Paddle Board
Paddle boards are made in all shapes and sizes. It is up to you to decide what you feel is more important. Certainly, when you’re a beginner, you don’t really want to spend too much because your SUP is likely to get thrown around a little bit as you learn the ropes. For more advanced paddlers, they’re likely to be a more discerning buyer where certain features are deemed more important than others.
- Inflatable or Fixed: Do you want an inflatable board or one that is a solid material that doesn’t deflate after you use it? Certainly, the non-inflatable type is great to run towards the water carrying it and dive right in. There is no waiting 20 minutes for the inflatable SUP to reach its maximum PSI because you can safely ride on it. On the other hand, the inflatable model packs down much lifter and easier to transport. Usually, it comes with its own bag, so it’s neater than a large board to lug around everywhere and you won’t require a rack on the roof on the car to store the board either.
- Color Choices: There are many color schemes to choose from. Some models have an array of color choices while others only offer one or two only.
- Kayak and a SUP? : Some SUPs are designed to also work as a functional kayak too. The idea here is that they have a seat that can be fitted to the deck and then sat on with the feet in the water paddling from the waist down. It’s debatable whether you’ll get the same quality as you would when picking out two of the better SUPs and kayaks on their own, but it certainly saved on space.
- Carry Handle: A carry handle is essential, so you don’t have to wrap your arm around the full width of the SUP to carry it. It must be sturdy and in the center of the board to make it easier to carry while balancing the weight properly.
- Quality Pump/Meter for Inflatables: With the inflatable SUPs that comes with a hand pump, you should look for one with a reliable PSI meter. This way, you can avoid adding too much air pressure into the SUP which could compromise it. Quite often, pumps have difficulty getting the last 3-4 PSI into the SUP to inflate it beyond the 90% mark, so look out for products that make that task a little bit easier.
Bear in mind that it’s possible to buy an electric SUP pump that takes the effort and about half the time out of the air pumping up the process for each SUP you take on a trip with you. These make using an inflatable SUP much less painful on the back.
- Quality Paddle: A quality, an adjustable paddle is important with the SUP to change its length to match your height. Otherwise, it will either be too long or too short. A paddle needs to float too in case you drop it in deeper water. Not every SUP paddle floats, especially ones that come included with a SUP package, so be sure to verify that before purchase.
What kind of Gear Do You Need to go SUP Surfing?
There are a few things that are useful to bring along or use when you go paddling boarding. Let’s look at what they are:
- Floatation Device or a Life Jacket: Depending on what municipality you live in or are going paddle boarding in, it’s possible that a paddleboard is considered a vessel and as such requires a floatation device to be safe.
Waist-worn floatation devices are the best type. Some are designed just for standup paddlers and made to be more comfortable. There is also the option of a lifejacket for a more traditional method.
Lifeguards or the Coast Guard usually will have local information about the requirements for paddle boards on local rivers and lakes.
- SUP Leash: Most SUPs come with a leash that you can attach. If it doesn’t come with one, you’ll need to buy one. It’s a critically important piece of equipment to keep yourself attached to the SUP.
It’s possible that a strong wave could knock you off the SUP. With currents, your SUP could disappear far away from you very fast with you unable to recover it. Then you’re on your own. When you’re attached to a SUP leash, this is no longer as much of a concern.
- Wetsuits: The wetsuit isn’t essential, but for anyone who doesn’t want to look like a prune when they get out of the water, then it is more desirable. For colder waters, the wetsuit becomes more important to avoid the body temperature dropping fast and getting you into trouble.
When trying on a wetsuit, be sure to lift your arms and emulate similar moves as you have in the water to make sure it’s not too tight on your body.
- Other Gear: For non-inflatable boards, you might need a roof rack if the board won’t fit inside the back of the vehicle or the trunk. Webbing straps are used on the top deck of the board if they’re not already there or you could add more. They sometimes have cam locks and are used to secure your board, so it won’t get stolen when unattended. A water bottle is useful to slide inside the webbing to keep hydrated; makes sure it’s waterproof to avoid salt water getting inside the bottle.[/su_row]
SUP Surfing Tips
With non-inflatable SUPs, don’t load it on the roof if you’re in a hurry to get to the lake or there’s a strong wind. A board coming loose when driving can be extremely hazardous to other people on the road.
Standing on a SUP the First Time
Look for a body of water that is calm and not deep. This way you can fall down and not injure yourself on the river bed.
Here’s the process to follow:
- Go out to the water area so it’s up to the knee level
- Place the paddle across the SUP towards the nose slightly above center
- Kneel on the board, your feet a little apart
- Take the paddle, hold it comfortably and bring your hands up in front of you
- Use your fingers for balance while you move a foot forward to where your knee was
- Repeat the process with the other leg
- Use the paddle for balance as you rise up to your feet
- Keep your knees slightly bent to help with balance and look into the distance
- Carefully adjust your feet to a comfortable position without making sudden movements
- Position the paddle in the water; it will help with balance
Getting Comfortable & Starting to Paddle
Here’s what you should do:
- Bend your knees more so they will support wobbles and waves better
- Look forward, not down at your feet
- Stand up straight with squared off shoulders, straight hips and without sticking your butt out
- Paddle gently and feel the forward movement & better stability too
Going Around in Circles
When you only paddle on one side, the board will curve to the other side and help you turn. Keep that up and you’ll begin to go in an arc and then a full circle.
When you wish to go in reverse, just paddle backward in the same way as you paddle to go forwards.
For more advanced paddlers, they learn to turn by elevating a foot and moving it back from center. They then move their weight to the foot that’s farther back on the board which pulls the nose out of the water a bit. Basic strokes will now turn the board quicker.
Sooner or later, you’re going to end up in the water. It’s inevitable. In fact, it’ll happen many times until you get more proficient. Expect it. Don’t let it upset you. This is how you improve as a paddle boarder.
Here’s what to do about it:
- Paddle in water that’s deep enough to not hit the riverbed when you fall in to avoid injury
- Try to fall into the water, not land on the board itself for a softer fall
- Avoid paddling near other people on the water or immovable objects that could cause injury
- Climb back on your board after you’ve fallen and try to extend your time between each fall
Paddle boarding is a fun activity that takes time to master, just like with surfing. But once you have the techniques down, you’ll enjoy many hours on the water with great views and a shared inner peace.
Make sure that you have the right equipment to support your journey as a paddle boarder. Boards that leak air, paddles that don’t float or missing leashes don’t bode well for safe and fun water entertainment. Spending a little more to get something that’s better quality is often the best choice for improved value for money. Also, take care of your gear by cleaning and drying it between uses so it stays in top condition for the next trip to the ocean, lake or river.
READ MORE +
Best Electric SUP Pumps 2019 Reviews
Inflatable paddle boards usually are supplied with a hand pump. Depending on how good the pump is, it may (or may not) be the high pressure which determines how long it’ll take to inflate the paddle board before you can go out on the water with it. It can easily take 8-10 minutes to manually pump enough air into the board to be ready to take it out paddling.
It depends on how long you have on the water whether losing that ten minutes matters to you. For frequent paddlers, you’ll need to deflate the SUP every time and then re-inflate it again. If you’re going out several times a week to hit the water, it gets to be a real pain to have to stop to inflate your board for close to a quarter of an hour before you can get started. After a while, it just sucks quite honestly.
Enter, the electric SUP pump. This little number is great for inflating a SUP in a matter of minutes. If you’re part of a group of friends, it can pump air into each SUP in turn and save everyone a bunch of time and effort in the process. An electric pump takes all the hassle and lost the time out of the equation which leaves you more time on the water. Awesome!
Let’s look at a few of the better electric SUP pumps to see which one comes out on top.
Sevylor 12 Volt 15 PSI SUP and Water Sport Pump
The Sevylor 12 Volt 15 PSI SUP and Water Sports Pump supports air pressure up to 15 PSI to pump air in quickly and efficiently. There’s a useful auto-cutoff feature that prevents pumping too much air into the SUP when it’s already reached its pressure limit which will avoid bursting the inflatable paddle board for sure.
There is a range of options to connect to a boat, board or float. An extension hose allows air pressure to flow. There are also several valves including a pinch, Boston, Double Lock, and Mini Double Lock, so you’ll have no problem hooking up this electric pump to a variety of water-based equipment.
For people who brought their vehicle or portable generator along on the trip, the 12-volt connector plugs right into the power outlet. You’re also able to choose what measurement of pressure you’re adapted to, with KPA, PSI, and bar as options.
The electric pump on the Sevylor 12-volt pump is powerful enough to fully inflate a 10-foot long board in only 7-8 minutes. This is probably half the time it would normally take without an electric pump.
There is automation built into this model. You set it up, plug it into shore power and let it run. It will complete the pump-up process on its own and shut off automatically to avoid damaging the inflatable. This way, you can take it out first from the automobile and set it up to get pumping air while unpacking the rest of the gear in the meantime. Better efficiency!
A one-year warranty is also provided.
BTP Mano Two-Stage Electric Turbo Pump for Inflatable Kayaks, SUPS, and Boats
The Sea EagleBTP Mano Two-Stage Electric Turbo Pump is a compact pump system that’s not just designed for SUPs but also works with boats and inflatable kayaks too. Its compactness belies its power which allows it to complete a pump-up task in record time.
The Mano Two runs either using the supplies alligator clips to the car or RV battery or a suitable separate second battery option (many RVs now have solar panels and store power in battery banks which would work fine too). It’s possible to purchase a 12-volt battery and charge it periodically before taking a paddleboarding trip, but using a vehicle to supply electric power to this pump is the better option in most cases.
There is a standard adapter for the valve connection and also a few attachment choices to hook up to a few inflatables. Hopefully, you won’t get caught out with not having the right connection and in any case, it’s possible to buy other valve connections from third-party sellers. There’s also a six-foot hose too.
This is a two-stage pump. The turbine blower delivers low pressure to get the PSIs rolling along initially. The secondary stage is higher pressure and takes more time. It’s also a good bit noisier too. The maximum pressure stated as 15 PSI within just a few minutes.
There is an automatic shutoff feature to prevent bursting an inflatable. You can set the maximum PSI and then it will turn off when this pressure level is achieved. So, it has a “set it and forget it” mode.
There’s a handy bag supplied to pack it away after use and keep dust out.
Tower Paddle Boards Electric Pump
The Tower Paddle Boards Electric Pump is a compact unit that will fit into the trunk of your vehicle quite easily. It only weighs 3 pounds which is quite light in this category too.Tower Paddle makes inflatable paddle boards but also their own SUP electric pump too which is uncommon.
For valve compatibility, it fits the Tower Paddle range of paddle boards just fine as one would expect. It is not fabulous when wanting to connect to a range of other inflatables including competitor SUPs. You’ll want to pick up some valve adapters separately if you plan to do that.
This electric pump either plugs into a 12-volt cigarette lighter inside a vehicle or to a car battery (alligator clips are supplied). There is no option to plug into a power outlet on a portable generator. The SUP runs and inflates the fastest when a vehicle is running.
The pump has a single stage that pushes a good amount of PSI into an inflatable quickly. This product is no slouch. It is a bit noisy as a result, but it pumps up SUPs quickly so we’re not complaining. The hose supplied avoids kinking in the line and has a nozzle at the end (H3 connection).
There is a pressure gauge to read the current pressure level. The maximum PSI is 15. The same auto shut-off feature is present here which runs well.
BP12 Single Stage Electric Pump for Inflatable SUPs, Kayaks, and Boats
The Sea EagleBravo BP12 Single Stage Electric Pump almost looks like a portable defibrillator rather than the pump that it is. Fortunately, it does the job for a range of inflatable boats, SUPs, and kayaks.
The valve connection is a standard one and there are a few other options to hook up to different SUPs without difficulty. It’s unlikely that you’ll have connectivity issues here.
This is a single stage piston pump. It’s not noisy and has a good amount of pressure up to 14.5 PSI. There is a supplied hose that’s 6 feet long which should be plenty. The pump is high intensity, so it gets to the maximum pressure quickly.
The model is powered either via a separate 12-volt battery, but it also has alligator clips to hook it up to a vehicle of your choosing too. There is no power outlet hook-up option. It weighs less than 3 pounds and has its own bag so it’s easy to carry out of the trunk to where you need it.
Newport Vessels 12V Electric Pump
The Newport Vessels 12V Electric Pump is a quality brand that produces many pumps for the maritime industry. It is a no-nonsense product in appearance.
The connections are fine with the valve because it suits Halkey Robert fittings and other SUP connections too. It’s widely compatible which is a great thing for people with various inflatables to work with.
This is a single stage pump. It has a high-pressure setup that pushes air in efficiently to inflate a SUP in only a few minutes. The supplied hose is 6 feet long which is a typical length. It reaches up to 15 PSI, but getting to the 15 PSI level it struggles from 14 to 15.
The electric pump works only from a 12-volt battery which is not supplied. There is a 9-foot battery cable included to make it easier to hook it up. There are no alligator clips supplied with this SUP pump which differs from the other pumps that are battery powered in this SUP pump guide. They’ll need to be bought separately too.
There is an automatic shut-off feature. Just choose the PSI to match the inflatable you’re pushing air into and let it run on its own.
A carry bag is supplied too.
With an electric SUP pump, it’s all about saving time and not hurting your back bending over to pump air into one or more SUPs. That’s what you’re paying for.
Very few SUP pumps connect to a power outlet. If that’s what you want, then it narrows your choices considerably. There are several products that either connect to a 12-volt cigarette lighter or more commonly to a car battery. Most products come with alligator clips and a bag to put everything into after use.
Watch the valve and other connectors because some pumps either don’t connect to all SUPs or won’t connect well with other inflatables. Some pumps are really only for SUPs and sometimes just to match their brand’s products. Paying a little more for a quality brand, better connections and durability is well worth it.
Related Post & Buyer’s Guide
READ MORE +
Best SUP Paddles 2019 Review & Buyer’s Guide
There are many different paddles available. They are produced using a variety of different materials types, blade shapes, and levels of adjustability. The locking mechanism is easier with some products and troublesome with others. Whether a paddle is made from light aluminum or stronger and lighter carbon, or a cheaper material, it may still offer value via an easier, more reliable locking mechanism and an affordable cost. As such, there’s no one right SUP paddle for everyone but certainly, price does play a part when it comes to quality.
When willing to pay for something more premium, then carbon fiber or fiberglass are two popular options. In the case of carbon fiber, a fully carbon fiber body including both the shaft and blade is the lightest but causes problems with parts of the shaft snapping off when hitting the paddle board by mistake. A compromise is a carbon fiber shaft and another material used for the blade which is heavier but stronger at the same time.
Whether the river conditions are choppy and calm, a good paddle is essential to carve through the water while stand up paddle boarding. Below we review five models that we found provide suitability for a good cross-section of our readership.
Best 5 SUP Peddle Reviews
Adjustable CARBON FIBER ‘Slider’ SUP Paddle
With the BPS Slider adjustable carbon fiber paddle, the shaft is lighter than some others due to the use of carbon fiber to reduce the weight to 1.7-pounds. The shaft adjusts easily to make changes to the paddle length to suit different members of the family.
The blade is made from a mixture of nylon composite and fiberglass to give it a smooth yet durable texture. This avoids the common issue of chipping an all-carbon fiber blade when accidentally hitting the paddle board with it. The handle is designed using carbon fiber to give it a smooth feeling on the handle for easy grip without losing control of the paddle in the rapids or turbulent lakes.
To adjust the length of the paddle, it takes just a few seconds to do and then it locks back into position without slipping thereafter. The length range is 1,760mm on the short end and 2,150mm on the long end. The face of the blade is 400m lengthwise and 205mm across.
For storage, there is a paddle bag provided as a freebee to avoid the product getting scratched when it’s out of the water. The lining of the bag is thoughtfully produced to reflect heat away to prevent sun rays damaging the surface of the paddle or heating it up. And for people who insist on carrying a spare paddle, there are convenient Velcro ties added to the exterior to tie on a second paddle when you’re not worried about the sun at all.
Adjustable Alloy SUP Paddle by Own the Wave
The Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy SUP Paddle comes in a choice of two or three pieces with different SKUs. The design of this SUP paddle uses an alloy shaft with a silver appearance, to it’s quite light but not like carbon fiber would have been.
The blade is made from a nylon composite to keep it sturdy but with a bit of flex in the water to glide more easily and push through strong currents well. The handle is specially designed to be more ergonomic in case you’re paddling the SUP for more than an hour.
The paddles are adjustable from 71-inches (1,800m) up to 83-inches (2,130mm). This is a little short of the adjustability of the previously reviewed BPS carbon fiber paddle, but it’s still pretty decent. The two pieces break apart with the longest length being 66-inches (1,675mm) to fit inside the main body of a car or in the trunk.
The weight is 2.2 pounds. This compares to 1.7 pounds for the BPS product which is admittedly partly made from carbon fiber which is where the half pound is no doubt shaved off.
The paddles are designed to float whether paddling in fresh or salt water and they come with a 12 month no quibble guarantee.
Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle – 3-Piece Adjustable Stand-Up Paddle
The Super Paddles Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle is designed in three pieces. It is produced in a series with five other SKUs including a mixed bamboo wood blade with a carbon fiber shaft, and other models that vary between being all carbon, or have shafts that are made from either nylon composite or fiberglass. Each choice affects the weight, feel and functionality of the SUP paddle. No choice is necessarily right or wrong (all carbon paddles tend to break their blades far more easily than other materials, but their trade-off is their lightness).
The version we’re reviewing here is the 3K prepreg carbon shaft version with good water depth markings along each shaft. The SUP paddle is put together with stainless steel screws, so it won’t suffer too much in salt water. The blade has a patterned look and feels to it because it uses strengthened nylon to provide both durability and the ability to bend a little in forceful currents to give you better overall control.
The adjustable paddle is 72-inches (1.82m) in the shorter length and 86-inches (2.19m) at the longest adjustment. The paddle is suitable for paddlers who are over five feet in height. The adjustment takes about 20-30 seconds in total, so it doesn’t require much effort.
The paddle weighs approximately 1.56-lbs (25 oz.) due to the carbon fiber shaft, but it doesn’t lose strength in the 12-degree angled blade so it’s unlikely to chip.
The SUP paddle is supplied with a closed-cell foam lined bag to provide protection from accidental damage. A strong nylon fabric is used with the bag and it has 3 separate compartments too. There is an inner aluminum lining to reflect heat out and stop the paddle’s materials from getting hot.
Adjustable Alloy SUP Paddle by BPS
The BPS Adjustable Alloy SUP Paddle comes either on its own or with a blade cover too depending on the SKU selected. The paddle itself is made in two pieces with an alloy shaft that’s light enough but finished in a black color to look similar to the blade. There is also a depth measurement all the way along the shaft to check how deep the water is in that part of the lake or river.
The blade is a nylon composite which is a popular material for durability in the water. It has a smooth feel and a clean design with the BPS logo prominently shown. The paddle is intended to float in either salt water or fresh water without sinking to the bottom of the riverbed. Even when the SUP paddle is trapped underwater, it won’t sink from the pressure.
The adjustability is good at 71-inches (1,800mm) on the short end and 83-inches (2,130mm) on the long end. The two pieces break down with the shortest being 66-inches (1,675mm) to fit inside a car or in the trunk.
BPS is a modest family-owned business that deals exclusively in water-sport products. A 12-month guarantee is provided with the product.
Fiberglass SUP Paddle – 3-Piece Adjustable Stand Up Paddle
The Super Paddles Fiberglass SUP Paddle goes another direction to either an alloy or carbon fiber shaft by using fiberglass instead in this model. This is matched with a nylon blade that has an attractive dotted pattern on its main surface. Stainless steel screws hold the three-piece black design with white accents together.
The fiberglass adds a luxurious high-end element to a paddle that’s designed to be usable both for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. The paddle floats on the water without difficulty, so you won’t lose it at the bottom of the riverbed.
The adjustable SUP paddle breaks down into three pieces. At its shortest, it’s 72-inches (1.82m) in length and at its longest, it’s 86-inches (2.19m) in length. Paddlers who are over five feet won’t have an issue using this paddle. Despite coming in three parts, it only takes 15-20 seconds to put it together or make a length adjustment.
No bag is supplied to store the paddle inside safely which is a shame.
There is a 12-month warranty supplied with this fiberglass SUP paddle.
Deciding what SUP paddle to purchase is a difficult choice. When you have not bought one previously, the choices are confusing and it’s not easy to make a final pick.
The first question is whether your arms are strong enough to paddle with a heavier SUP paddle or whether you need one with a carbon fiber shaft or an all carbon fiber construction. Depending on the answer, the product list narrows considerably. Clearly, when going for an all carbon fiber or partial carbon fiber building materials, the price will rise notably.
We would suggest to you to forget the price in the first instance because if you buy a paddle that’s too big and heavy for you to paddle through the water for more than five minutes before getting hand and arm fatigue, you’ve got a real problem. You’ve then wasted your money on something too large and too heavy and you’ll need a replacement which could end up costing you more than if you just bought the lighter, more expensive SUP paddle at the start.
Once this is decided, there are models that are made in two parts or three parts, but the secondary criteria that count is how long or short will the paddle adjust up/down to? For particularly tall or short people, the length of the adjustable SUP paddle matters a great deal too. If it won’t reach to the length you need, it won’t be much use to you either.
After this, things like the company behind the product and the length of the warranty become important.
Good luck with your SUP paddling.
READ MORE +
Three Dimensional Boat Design Software 2019
The 3d modeling software is nothing but a program which helps in designing and developing three-dimensional models of characters or objects, and it often includes various features to develop realistic models. The 3D modeling products are able to create models with different types of tools and 3D painting features which help in adding colors and textures. Many industries taking from television and motion pictures to video games and virtual reality make use of any kind of 3D designing software. This 3D designing software helps you develop, render and simulate the objects with the help of 3D animation tools. If you are a graphic designer, you do not need to have web development and media skills if you use 3D design software.
The Best 3d Boat Design Software 2019
The best 3d boat design software is finally available now for our customers. The computer-aidedd design software is the best as it helps you to make perfect designs for your boats without causing any typical errors that might need your focus when you are working manually on it. Like the other expensive and cumbersome software’s present in the market, this one is not so hard to maneuver and is easy to understand and use.
Why is this best 3d boat design software?
The 3d boat design software is really easy to use and provides you the function of creating more detailed and complex designs without any hassles and the need of extra add on. The program offers you a professional, fully detailed computer aided design software that offers the chance of designing boats with more detailed knuckle lines, to make holes in the surface designs, layouts and complex, layered designs on one single surface
. This program is very smooth functioning and gives you the additional benefit of flexible and subdivisional surface designs. Moreover, it offers flexibility to use inbuilt design models which you can make use of for your new designs.
Features of 3d Boat Design Software
With the CAD software, you can design 3d boat drawing of any kind of floatable objects like yachts, ships and submarines without much hassle. Creation and development of the design is so easy and straightforward that even 10-year-old kid can do it with the little bit of training. The software is really easy to use and provides extreme flexibility in designs. Made specifically to provide every feature needed in a marine CAD and a Ship CAD. The addition of background images and all the hydrostatic calculations have become really easy with this new software. The 3D rotations, moving and scaling features are improved to provide quick functioning. Modeling Knuckle lines are more freely made and a single control point for everything can also be inserted in the new version. These are some of the main features of the 3d boat design software among the other basic and necessary features that are improved to help the marine engineers and simplify their work.
The Flexible designing system and the open boat feature helps you to look your designs in different views and modify it as you see fit. The surface modeling feature is the best that offers you the option of defining the boat or ship’s shape without any complicated calculations and measurements and only with one quick motion. And it also allows you to provide a single control for every feature.
What is New in the 3d Boat Design Software
With more flexibility and less complicated functions, the 3d boat design software also offers the option of designing any kind of floating objects. This program can also be yacht design software or can be used as design toy models. So now you can design anything you like whether it’s a ship, yacht, canoe, catamaran or fishing or a sailing boat. The additional viewpoints are extremely helpful in considering all the sides in a 3d design and make a perfect design for a boat. From marine ships to luxury yachts all can be very easily modified by the help of this program.
The Software also offers the chance to make holes and gaps in the design of surfaces for better understanding and modifications. It can be used for creating layered and complex designs on a single surface without any hassle. The file import and export function give an additional benefit to the users as they can very easily use this on different devices and send and receive designs for modifications.
Work from Anywhere and from Any Device
The 3d boat design software can be downloaded by creating a member profile and only need to be paid for only once. After you have made the payment once you can download it on multiple technical devices like PCs and laptops and Macbooks. Now you can use the systems of your home and office to work without paying any additional charges. Even when there is an update available, you don’t need to pay any extra money and can download the update free of cost. Also, there is no need to worry about missing any important updates as you are provided with an email alert when an update comes out. Unlike other similar software’s, you will not be annoyed with constant update notifications about updates. It does come up at only several intervals.Even in 5 years of times, these benefits stand and you can work freely and without any additional worries.
The software comes with a legal license and can be used on multiple computers. With the same license, you can download the software on different computer systems and start designing your favorite boats. With a trusted third-party provider, the software can be bought online and can be instantly downloaded. After the installation of the program, you are good to go. The software can also be used freely for the first sixty days, and after that, if you don’t like it you can return it without any hassle. The 3d boat design software 2019 is the best out there for the marine designers and is really worth the price.
READ MORE +
When Does the Fishing Season Start and What’s the Best Time to Go Fishing?
There is no one answer to the question “When does fishing season start in the US” because every state has their own regulations and different species of fish also have their own seasons. For instance in New Hampshire, you can fish for wild trout in streams from January to September but to fish for wild trout in ponds you’ll have to wait until April. The best course of action is to contact the Department of Fish and Game in your state for the exact start times of different “seasons”.
The Best Time to Go Fishing
The question of the “Best Time to Go Fishing” is a whole ‘nother matter that requires an examination of the various environmental factors that come into play. Let’s have a look at some of those.
- Light – As a general rule fish prefer the morning to the harsh light of midday. In the morning the light warms the shallows making it more comfortable for fish to feed. Harsh midday sun leads to a decrease in surface oxygen which causes fish to move to deeper waters.
- Wind – As the wind pushes the surface food toward the shore bait fish follow it. Where the bait fish go the game fish are never far behind. So if you’re out on the lake on a windy day and getting nary a nibble, stow the boat and take up a position on the shore facing the wind.
- Clouds – Fish love cloudy days because the water never gets too warm. Consequently, cloudy days are when you’ll find the most fish near the surface trolling for food. At the same time fish are likely to be more widely dispersed on cloudy days.
- Gentle Rain – Light rain provides you with stealth since the raindrops break up the view fish have of you whether you’re on the shore, wading in the shallows or on a boat. Rain can also wash dead insects and the like from the shore creating an all you can eat buffet for fish.
- Heavy Rain – Heavy rain clouds the water and makes it difficult for fish to feed, and equally difficult for them to find your bait or lure. When it comes to rivers heavy rain increases the flow which also ma
kes it tough for fish to feed.
- Storms – Fishing after a cold front moves through is usually not so great. On the other hand, fishing after a warm front pass, especially in the winter, can be excellent since the fish are more comfortable and will come to the surface to feed and enjoy the warmer water there.
Best Time for Deep Sea Fishing
The best time to go deep sea fishing will depend on what type of fish you’re after. If you’re after Yellowfin Tuna you’ll want to go in November, December, and January. If on the other hand, you’re after Red Snappers head out in June or July and so on.
No matter when you go or what you’re after just remember to relax, bring the proper gear and bait and have fun.
READ MORE +
Types of Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing
Fishing is one of those eternal pastimes that has been with us since the dawn of man and continues to draw humans young and old to the water in their millions in spite of the plethora of digital distractions being served up today. There are two major categories of fishing – freshwater, and saltwater – and each is broken up into several sub-categories which we’re going to take a closer look at below. So break out the insect repellent, sunglasses, and waterproof bag and let’s get started.
Freshwater fishing is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating pastimes you can indulge in. The different types of freshwater fishing can be broken up thus:
- Pond Fishing – What you catch in the local pond will be more modest than what you get in a large lake or major river, but ponds are a great place to take the kids to learn the basics of fishing; and you might catch yourself a decent sized catfish in the process.
- Lake Fishing – the Fish, can typically be found in great numbers in lakes because they’re sheltered environments full of plant life and lots of places for fish to hide. Lake fishing from a small boat is without a doubt one of the most tranquil and relaxing forms of fishing.
- Rivers and Streams – Successful river fishing depends on deciding ahead of time if you’re going to fish where the fish are eating or where they’re hiding. River and stream species are masters of stealth, so you’ll need to be patient.
- Reservoirs – In a reservoir you have all the fishing variety you’d normally find in a river with the added benefit of placid waters and unlimited peace. You may need to do some research to find where the fish are hanging in this type of manmade lake.
Saltwater fishing presents an enormous range of experience and the sport, in general, can be broken down into the following categories:
- Shoreline Fishing – This type of fishing draws legions of fans to the shore from Cape Cod to Redondo Beach. Pier fishing, in particular, is blissfully uncomplicated and thus perfect for families. Surf fishing requires more muscle and gear but can yield some wild fish stories.
- Bay Fishing – Bay fishing can yield some spectacular catches, and it’s less risky than deep sea fishing. That’s because, even though they can be enormous, bays are semi-enclosed and so not subject to the same type of swells that are generated in the open ocean.
- Deep Sea Fishing – Now we’re getting into Hemingway territory where the sun is relentless, the waves are crashing, and the catch is the size of your car. The most expensive, dangerous and involved form of fishing deep sea fishing requires a sizeable boat, plenty of safety gear, a competent crew, proper tackle and the patience of Job. Whether freshwater or saltwater fishing is an activity with timeless appeal that allows you to shrug off the stress and strain of the modern world and recharge your batteries.
Whether freshwater or saltwater fishing you need a good quality equipment on your boat like saltwater trolling motor, trolling battery, charger etc which make your fishing experience better or whether freshwater or saltwater fishing is an activity with timeless appeal that allows you to shrug off the stress and strain of the modern world and recharge your batteries.
READ MORE +
Where to get Trolling Motor Parts?
A saltwater trolling motor is purchased as a complete piece of equipment. All the relevant parts have been fitted. Once the motor is fit to the side of the boat, it is ready for continual use.
Over time, parts wear down and come to the end of their useful life. In other cases, parts may be fitted incorrectly or be faulty. In either situation, a replacement trolling motor part is required to resolve the issue. In most cases, it’s possible for experienced sailors to replace the part themselves, however, specialized boat repair shops are on-hand at strategic locations throughout the United States to offer the assistance needed.
Parts Not Usually Available at Local Superstores
The development and production of trolling motor parts for both Minn Kota and Newport Vessels (the two leading trolling motor manufacturers in the U.S) is an established market.
Whilst these types of specialist parts are not something one experts to see on the shelves of the local Wal*Mart superstore; they are still accessible to boating enthusiasts who don’t wish their enjoyment of local lakes, rivers, and the oceans to be interrupted due to a minor part becoming faulty or completely unusable.
Purchasing Spare Parts to Prevent an Interruption During Boating Season
In the Special Forces community, they have a saying, “Two is one, and One is None.” This means that should be an individual component, or piece of equipment go wrong, having only one is a bad plan when it causes the mission to fail. Similarly, with parts that are known to wear out or become faulty after so many cycled uses, it is smart to buy replacement parts before they’re required to be ready.
The purchase of spare parts ahead of the requirement not only prevents a breakdown of the use of the vessel, but it also avoids annoying issues with parts being out of stock and a new batch now slated for manufacturer soon, or indeed, the part no longer being made at all. Parts have an extended shelf life, so it never hurts to have a good supply of the most obvious spares to ensure the continued use of a beloved boat that you or the whole family enjoys the use of on extended weekends.
Marine Battery Replacements
While batteries tend to be reliable and have a well-understood life expectancy, the truth is that we all know batteries that suddenly failed at the most inconvenient times and often with little or no warning ahead of time.
Whether it’s a problem with the connectors on the battery or the battery simply not holding much of a change any longer, or the marine battery box has been damaged beyond repair, it’s not too surprising when batteries need a sudden replacement. As long as you have a good place to store one at the proper temperature, having a spare battery on standby is never a bad idea.
Props Can Be an Issue Too
Without a good propeller, you’re pretty much dead in the water at that point. Whether it’s a decent prop or a set of prop nuts that has come loose and fallen away, have a problem with either of these, and you’re going nowhere fast.
A spare prop and a prop nut set isn’t a bad thing to have on the shelf ready for the worst. It may not save you from a prop-related problem in the middle of the lake (unless you carry the spares with you on the boat) but it will allow a fast fix of the trolling motor to get it back in the water quickly.
Mounting is Broken
The mounting for the trolling motor is broken, and the motor just won’t stay on the side of the boat to let the propeller power through the water successfully. This type of issue seems like a small one, but with a mount that’s no longer fitting properly, the trolling motor isn’t going to work well from there on.
Telescoping Handle is Broken
The telescoping handle is the most useful way to control the boat’s trolling motor from a short distance. Pointing the propeller in the required direction is necessary to pilot properly and avoid collisions with either other boats or people in the water for a swim in the local lake.
Strong Sun, Solar Panels Underperforming
One of the latest innovations in boating is a solar panel to supply between 5 watts up to 100 watts of power. The boat’s system is able to use the power converted from monocrystalline charging panels to feed different amounts of DC power to systems like navigation, power distribution, lighting, and electrical outlets.
Sometimes either the solar panel(s), the cabling or the battery bank becomes faulty or damaged and needs replacing. When the solar panels regularly supply enough watt-hours of power for daily use, their loss can be significant. Any boat that’s moved away from fully engine powered systems to run non-primary systems could quickly find they’ve lost a lot of functionality that came to be expected with a modern boating experience.
A spare solar panel, cabling or battery system is a good idea to cover the loss of system functionality.
Buy Original, Never Generic
When owning a Minn Kota and Newport Vessels’ trolling motor, one must buy their branded parts for best success when swapping out faulty components. Trying to buy a generic version is usually a bad idea, and even if it were to fit, it’d likely let you down just when you needed it when coming back from a long journey on the water. It just isn’t worth taking the risk. Buy original at all times.
Sourcing of Spare Parts for Trolling Motors
The smaller the part and the less often it is needed, the trickier it is to find a suitable one. Both Newport Vessels and Minn Kota tend to outsource the supply of spare parts to mainstream boating equipment distributors. There are not that many to choose from, and the list of components can be somewhat baffling at first.
Alternatively, Amazon.com actually not only supplies trolling motors but also many of the components too. In almost all cases, these get supplied through third-party vendors (unless the part is a popular one in the boating community). Sometimes the parts may be ordered separately, and at other times Amazon offers then as an Add-On. The Add-On category is where the part is ordered as part of another related order, like buying a larger item, such as a boating solar panel or a backup trolling motor. It largely depends on the part that is needed whether Amazon provides it and will sell it completely separately to another boating-related purchase.
Don’t Let the Cost Hold You Back
Individual parts are not too expensive. Most parts are in the $5 to $20 range, but it obviously depends on the actual item. Many times, the replacement is a nut or a cable or other minor part and the time to deal with organizing the replacement is more of an inconvenience than the cost of the part itself. Therefore, the cost of spare trolling motor parts shouldn’t really be a concern; they’re certainly less expensive than batteries or whole trolling motors themselves.
So, don’t let cost hold you back from making sure that you’re ready for all your boating needs.
READ MORE +
Best Boat Seats with Armrests 2019 Buyer’s Guide
The longer journeys one makes in a boat, the more one notices just how uncomfortable the OEM boat seat is. Perhaps it wobbles, or there are no armrests to speak of, or the padding is either worn or wholly inadequate to support the body when seated for an extended period. In any case, sooner or later, a boat owner decides to upgrade the existing seat for something better.
One should usually look for a tough frame like one made from hard plastic that doesn’t break under pressure. Armrests are equally important to avoid never knowing where to place your arms; these usually will be made from aluminum. The armrests often have layers of foam inside for padding and a covering over the top of the foam to be comfortable in the boat seat.
Vinyl is a popular material for seating that’s easy to wipe down to remove germs. Some types of vinyl come pre-treated against mildew buildup. Marine grade vinyl is tougher than regular kinds of vinyl to withstand wet and windy conditions out on the water and contributes well to its durability. So today we will discuss about top 3 boat seats with armrests in detail.
Here are the Best 3 Boat Seats with Armrests:
1. Wise 8WD431AR-710 Helm Seat
The Wise Helm Seat is the handsome710 model that comes with two aluminum armrests. The seat is filled with foam padding that lets the user sink deeply into its 6-inch depth. The foam has a good density to ensuring the Medium firm seating width of 19.5-inches is neither too firm nor too plush.
The chair uses aluminum to deliver both rigidity and strength from the molded plastic frame to each armrest and up to the back area. The white marine-grade vinyl cover is a dense 28-ounce version designed to handle the worst weather conditions out at sea. The vinyl is resistant to ultra-violet light damage and has a mildew treatment to prevent moisture leading to unhealthy germs settling in the seat.
The armrests side on top of their own aluminum side frame. The armrests are padded and obscure the metal frame once seated. The armrests aren’t deep, but still, have sufficient foam padding to offer comfort during long sea journeys. The treated vinyl also ensures protection from germs and damage from sunlight.
The back support has the same sturdy aluminum as the rest of the body. It provides a degree of flex built into it to allow the person seated to lean back into the chair a little.
With the product being supplied with a vinyl cover, it is a simple matter to disinfect it and wipe the seat down to remove any bacterial build up. The same may be said of leather seating, but not of fabric-based surfaces. Vinyl is also less costly to fix cuts or other minor damage.
The seat is designed to fit the 4-bold pedestal system that’s the BIA Standard. The mounting must line up perfectly and takes a bit of time to fit correctly. Any people with little experience of boating may wish to seek the assistance of a fellow boat owner to help out.
The upholstery comes with a 3-year warranty while the frame has a 6-year warranty.
2. Tempress Elite High Back Helm Seat
The Tempress Elite High Back Helm Seat comes in a choice of either charcoal/gray mix or straight white color schemes. The option to choose the color is appealing, not just for personal preference, but also because it is easier to match the new seat to the surrounding cabin.
With either color selection, the same chair design is applied. The high back design sees the outer oval-shaped seating area rise 26-inches high to support the head and neck fully. There is a surrounding oval shaped arch to the inner part of the back padding that makes it stand out. Inside the oval are three padded sections to support the center of the spine. A second darker section works from the waist down and includes a curved area providing additional lumbar support for the back and the top of the backside too.
The use of foam is reduced by the design which accentuates smart contouring rather than overloading the chair with foam inserts that would have increased its weight. The front of the seat curves around both sides nicely to avoid angular look making the seating appear more ergonomic. The patented style-panel system is employed here to give the side panels a cleaner appearance.
To handle the extremes of marine weather conditions, the seat is covered with 30-ounce marine-grade vinyl for durability. The material is no problem to maintain and disinfect to avoid mildew and other damp-related bacteria building up over time.
The side panels help prevent the Captain from sliding around inside the chair during rough seas. Each of the side arm rests provide a firm surface to rest the arms and hands on. Not as soft as some other boat seats, but many Captain’s prefer more firmness there.
To help mount the boat seat, the product comes with a set of screws. Using a thread lock is a good idea to avoid them becoming unscrewed and falling out due to the vibrations during many sea trips. There are holes to help fix the chair to the mounting plates. It is sometimes necessary to drill new holes to line up successfully with the ones that are already present with the chair. To help carry the seat and move it correctly into position, it comes with an underside handle.
3. Leader Accessories White Captain’s Seat Boat Seat
The Leader Accessories White Captain’s Seat Boat Seat is a comfortable swivel chair. It is decked out in white with a layered seat with a ribbed seating area and side edges that rise sharply. The design will certainly help keep the Captain firmly in the seat during rough seas which is excellent.
The back support uses the same white inner ribbed design but doesn’t push out at the sides as the seating does. The plush filling in the seating, back, and armrests is foam for support and durability. The plastic frame has been molded to fit exactly and is accessorized by aluminum support arms and back support with the foam armrest and foam backrest attached to this framing system. All foam areas are covered with the marine-grade vinyl that comes in a white color with an attractive gray trim along the edges.
Mounting the chair to the mounting plate is pretty simple. The product comes with either a 5-inch by 5-inch or 5-inch by the the12-inch set pattern for bolts to fit through. A mesh cover on the bottom may be removed when attaching the seat to an existing pedestal. There are four screws, and washers supplied to mount the chair to the current mounting plate on the boat.
The chair has a low-to-mid back level so that it won’t support the shoulders, neck or head. It measures 24-inches wide, 20-inches deep, and 19.5-inches high.
A three-year warranty is included for the upholstery and 5-year warranty for the frame.
Choosing the right replacement chair for your boat is often a personal decision. It certainly needs to fit properly to the existing mounting plate, but where the boat is more for pleasure boating, its color scheme comes into play too. The materials are less of an issue as many products are made from fairly standard core materials. Where products tend to differ is their overall build quality which affects how long-lasting they’ll be.
Related Buyer’s Guide & Marine Accessories
- Saltwater Trolling Motor 2019 List
- Marine Battery Box Buyer’s Guide
- Trolling Motor Battery 2019 Buyer’s Guide
- Boat Battery Charger 2019 List
READ MORE +