10 simple hacks for your fishing boat

Who doesn’t love a good hack in life? Check out these 10 hacks to make your boat a bit more user-friendly for those days out on the water.

1. Use a wine cork

Wine corks float and can make a fisherman’s life a little bit easier. Drill a hole through an old cork and loop your sunglasses strap through it. If you lose your shades overboard, they will float! You can also use wine corks as bobbers. Now you have another reason to toss back a glass of wine later.

2. Have some Solo cups on board

If you forgot or do not own your speakers, a Solo cup will come in handy for listening to music while cruising. Place your smartphone in a solo cup and the sound will amplify making you an effective little sound device.

3. Use rolls of duct tape for cup holders

A common boat nuisance is that there are too many drinks and not enough cup holders on the boat. Bring some extra rolls of duct tape. They are the perfect fit and weight to place a canned beverage without the added worry of it sliding all over and spilling. You can also use a piece to tape somewhere on the boat and create a DIY ruler for measuring fish.

4. Is your horn not working?

Spray it with lubricant. Sometimes the salt coats the diaphragms and which will stop them from vibrating and creating sound.

5. Keep a stainless steel bowl or any steel based material on board

A chemical reaction happens when you rub your hands over it, causing the fish odor to dissipate.

6. Vinegar instead of bleach

Use plain old white vinegar for boat cleaning instead of bleach. It is a highly effective cleaner and kills mold without compromising not your lungs.

7. Rubbing alcohol

Clean your windshield wipers down with some rubbing alcohol on a rag to get rid of those salty streaks that typical window cleaners can’t seem to handle.

8. Oven-cleaning spray or lemon essential oil

Simply remove paint and sticky adhesive residues from the gel coat without damaging it with either oven-cleaning spray or lemon essential oil.

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9. Dish soap

Wipe your boat down with a thin layer of liquid dish soap before a long towing haul. This will make bugs and grime much easy to hose off once you arrive at your destination.

10. Magic Eraser

Use to Magic Eraser to gently rub dried, sticky spills off of vinyl seats. Those things are truly magical.

Have more hacks? We’d love to hear what you have come up with to make life a little bit easier on deck. Share your tricks below.

Have you ever been lost in the fishing and found yourself stuck with a huge question? Want a pro answer? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!


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Brent is a Sponsored Bass Angler from Murfreesboro, TN, where he is enjoying the single life of a tournament fisherman.

Brent is a Sponsored Bass Angler from Murfreesboro, TN, where he is enjoying the single life of a tournament fisherman.

Travis is a lifelong fishing enthusiast from the Gulf Coast of Texas. He specializes in salt water and coastal fishing.

Travis is a lifelong fishing enthusiast from the Gulf Coast of Texas. He specializes in salt water and coastal fishing.

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