Accessorize your water craft with our boating equipment. Stay in the shade with a canopy including covers and umbrellas for a more portable version of our permanent canopies. Our variety also includes cleaner/protectants, clocks (because time doesn't stop on the water), fenders, ladders/attachments, boating safety equipment, dock bumpers, dock lines, inflatable accessories, life jackets and more. If you enjoy a smaller, more maneuverable course, our inflatable boats, kayaks & accessories are worth a second look. For superior marine audio (sometimes you just have to sound off), our ships bells can warn approaching water craft or even announce your arrival at the marina or dock.
Please also see our "Weather Instruments."
How to Shop for Boating Supplies
Popular boating supplies are frequently available in Big Box fishing and outdoor stores, and competitive pricing and discount sales events are par for the course. Niche brick and mortar boat dealer’s shops on the other hand have a different merchandising goal, mostly around boat sales and offering boating supplies without being able to offsetting costs with other products like Big boxes. You might pay more, but a boat dealer is an excellent source for finding rare or special order items, and some may offer these online through their own websites. Armed with a UPC code or SKU can letting your fingers do the clicking and shopping, ShopLadder, boat dealers, or Big Box retailers may be where you find what you want. But what to do when you are not quite sure what you need? That feels like the time to speak directly to an expert who in fact regularly sells and supplies navigation and boating supplies.
Before you make that trip, ShopLadder has assembled a few Buying Guides to help you frame first your questions.
How to Select Boat Trailers
Having a reliable boat trailer is important when you want to make sure that your boat can travel over land safely and securely. The type of boat trailer you need depends on many factors, such as the size, weight, and style of your boat, how often you tow your boat, and what type of vehicle you use for towing your boat. Before you buy a boat trailer, it is best to do some research so you can decide what you need before you start speaking with salespeople.
For small open fishing boats, kayaks, or canoes, you usually just need a small boat trailer. When you are transporting a small boat, there is no reason to use a heavy trailer; a sturdy aluminum or other light metal boat trailer should work quite well and will be more cost efficient, since it will cost less and save you from using a lot of gas while hauling your boat. The lightweight boat trailers are usually designed for boats that weigh no more than 500 to 700 pounds, although there are aluminum boat trailers that are designed to haul heavier boats. The optimum light boat trailer should be easily attachable to your vehicle with a minimum amount of trouble, should have a spare wheel attached, and should be easily detached from your car to move it around by hand. Some kayak trailers are designed so that one or more kayaks can be hauled together.
For heavier boats such as cabin cruisers and other types of power boats, trailers need to be made of heavier materials and have extremely strong attaching devices. Although any boat is fairly easy to haul once it is set up on wheels, careful attention has to be paid to keeping the boat securely fastened to the trailer. For hauling a large boat, a trailer should ideally have four to six wheels, although there are trailers that use only two or three. A heavy-duty boat trailer should also ideally have an adjustable winch assembly, strategically placed non-skid steps, and a heavy metal welded frame. When hauling a large and heavy boat, the trailer should have its own set of brakes that work in conjunction with the brakes of your hauling vehicle. Many heavy-duty boat trailers have a subframe within the outer frame for even more stability.
Whether you are looking at boat trailers online or at a dealership, your first consideration should be the size and weight of your boat. Safety should be your first consideration – not saving money. The boat trailer you choose should be able to haul boats that are heavier than the one you will be hauling. For instance, if you have a boat that weighs 4,000 pounds, you want to buy a trailer that can safely haul boats from 2,000 to 7,000 pounds, rather than a trailer that is designed to haul boats from 500 to 4,000 pounds. It is always safer to overcompensate for the size and weight of your boat when it comes to choosing a boat trailer.
No matter what type of boat trailer you will be using to haul your boat, you want to make sure that it complies with the laws of the state in which you will be traveling with your boat. Most boat trailers are required to have taillights on them whether or not you are hauling your boat at night, and almost all boat trailers are required to be titled and registered. Trailers should have safety features such as safety chains and the vehicles hauling the trailers should be equipped with trailer hitches – attaching a trailer to the bumper of a vehicle is not only dangerous, it is usually illegal.
How to Select Navigation Devices
Navigation is important for all different modes of transportation, but boating is one method which requires a more technical understanding of how to navigate since there are no signs out in the water to direct traffic. In the world there are many different types and sizes of boats, and they are all traveling for different reasons. Some are traveling for personal reasons and some are traveling for professional reasons. No matter why they are traveling, they all need reliable and dependable navigation supplies in order to get from one place to another safely. There are many different tools that people can utilize in order to find their way by eye sight and with the help of electronic devices. Many people rely on a mixture of the two in order to navigate their way properly through different lakes, seas and other waterways. It can be important to have reliable and dependable navigation supplies for maritime activities not just for directional purposes so that a person can get where they want to go, but the supplies can also be used to make sure that the vehicles stay operational.
The simplest navigational device is the compass. It is used by many boat operators in order to find and travel in a general direction. Compasses have been used since the 1300’s in Europe for mariners. Over time, the navigational supplies for mariners have become more advanced. Now there are different supplies that can tell operators how deep the water is, where fish are, how big the fish are that are located in specific areas and more. These supplies can be very helpful for people who are using them for personal or professional reasons. Many fishermen can use the navigational items to help them find where fish are in order to increase their productivity, whether they are fishing for themselves or their career is based in fishing. There are also GPS units available to boaters. This works in a similar manner to the GPS units that are found in cars. They are some of the most state-of-the-art navigational tools available on the market today. They work by tracking the unit using satellites that are orbiting the planet.
Other navigation supplies that can help a person are tools which will manage and calculate the tide and the current. These are factors that will affect a longer trip as well as shorter trips. Charts and other maps can be used so that the navigator can plot their trip as the vessel continues along its journey. These supplies are more administrative in nature. Some of the less obvious supplies in the line of navigation would include tacks and markers for the maps as the navigator charts their trail. No matter how small or inconspicuous the item seems to be, they all work together in order to provide the navigator of the vessel with the proper means and measures to successfully get a vessel from one place to another.
More complex navigational tools are electronic in nature. They are capable of creating computerized readouts of situations involving the vessel and travel. Fish finders and depth sounders are different electronic devices which chart where the dish are located and how deep the water is in certain areas, helping tall ships that sink down low to stay in a path that will keep the boat safe. However, the basic navigation tool set is much simpler. It typically consists of a waypoint plotter, a compass, a ruler and a pen or pencil to mark the charts. The set can cost as little as $5 and the price goes higher from there. The extensive nature of the set can also affect the price of the navigation tool set as well.