Cool Boat Gadgets – must have fun stuff for your boat

Cool boat stuff I really want

Every boat needs cool boat stuff!   Whether you are having fun on your boat every weekend or living aboard and sailing the world, you will need fun water toys and cool boat gadgets to make the most of your time on and in the water.    People planning to sail the world, sailboat cruisers and liveaboard families definitely need cool gadgets and fun stuff on their boat.   From towable water toys to high tech drones to cool kayaks!  If you spend time on the water, you need cool stuff for your boat.

Cool boat stuff we really want on our boat….

We are a family of four who live on a boat, and hope to travel the world for the next few years at least.  Even though our budget is a bit limited, we know that making this lifestyle as fun as possible is extremely important, both for us and for our two teenage kids.   Having fun on the boat is essential.  Gadgets and toys and other fun stuff are not a luxury, they are essential boat accessories.

So check out our list of cool boat gadgets that we would love to have on our boat as we set off on our world sailing adventure.  Some of these cool boat gadgets are already on our boat, some are on our wish list.   

Underwater Dome for GoPro – for under/overwater photos 

That whole underwater/overwater shot is very cool.  I love photography and I love the water, and the Underwater Dome Port for your GoPro allows you to take photos with a unique view of the underwater world.  It’s a dome port for a GoPro which makes taking those under over shots easy.  Check out the Split Gadgets Instagram page for some pretty amazing under/over shots using a Go Pro underwater dome.

Cool gadget for a boat, underwater GoPro dome

Underwater dome ports for the GoPro are lots of fun for creating interesting perspectives of the underwater world.

Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks

On our boat we have inflatable kayaks and an inflatable standup paddleboard.  Both the kayaks and the SUP are easy to store in a locker, take a few minutes to inflate and provide hours of fun for our kids, as well as us grownups.  They pack down small into handy carrying backpacks so we can easily carry them to the beach.  SUPs are the ultimate cool boat accessory at the moment and they don’t take up much room on the deck when we strap them to the guard rails on the boat.

We splashed out on a 12v electric pump for our kayaks and paddleboard.  Even though the kayaks are easy to pump up, kids are kids and still don’t want to do it.  This electric pump plugs into the 12v socket on the boat and the kids don’t whinge too much about pumping the kayaks up.  It’s small and light, so doesn’t take up too much room in the boat and it makes our life just that little bit easier.

Click here to check SUP prices on Amazon

Go Pro 7 and other Action Cameras

We love Go Pro action cameras.  GoPros are fantastic for travel and for snorkelling and diving.

Go Pro Hero 7 Black camera

The GoPro Hero 7 – we have a GoPro 4, but when that one kicks the bucket, this will be on my Christmas list

GoPros are not the only option though.  There are lots of other action video cameras on the market now, but GoPros are the original and best, if a bit more expensive.

Click here to check out the latest action cameras on Amazon

A Drone.  Everybody needs a drone.

This is the ultimate cool boat gadget!  We NEEEEED a drone.  Ok ok, but I definitely want a drone.  A proper drone like a DJI Mavic Pro or a DJI Spark.    A drone was on the list before the mast broke, you can read about that here.  I’ve added a drone to my Christmas list.

Click here to see the whole range of drones on Amazon

Subwing – Cool underwater flying!

Oooh, I love the look of these!  I saw them first on one of the S/V Delos videos (check out S/V Delos on Youtube).  This set of fins can be towed behind the dinghy and lets you glide through the water, coming up to breathe whenever you want by just tilting the Subwing upwards.  Who needs towable inflatables (me, by the way) when you can dive below the water and release your inner dolphin!  There’s a range of funky colours and designs and a range of accessories too, like a GoPro mount.  See the range of Subwing designs at Amazon or go to

Freediving Fins

Snorkelling is a big part of our lives now that we live on a boat. We have lots of masks, snorkels and fins on board – enough for everybody.  From diving down to check the anchor to snorkelling on coral reefs, our snorkelling equipment is used almost daily.   Regular slip-on diving fins are great for everyday fun but we’d really like some proper freediving fins with longer blades to maximise our time underwater.    There are some good beginner level freediving fins on Amazon, check here for the range.  

Freediving fins, cool boat gadgets

Freediving fins – the longer blade and better perfomance make it easier to spend longer underwater



Suunto Dive Computer

Suunto make the best dive computers in the world.  Fact.  We’ve always had Suunto dive computers.  I bought my first one over twenty years ago.  Our kids are now qualified scuba divers and have their own Suunto dive watches.

They come in two main styles: diving watches like the sexy new Suunto D5 and wrist mounted diving computers like the Suunto Zoop.  You can get different colours, interchangeable straps, coloured screens, bluetooth options and a whole variety of diving functions.  The Zoop is the least expensive option and you can get it in lime green.  Yay!

Suunto dive computers come in a range of prices and for every type and level of diver.  Check out the range of Suunto Diving computers at  or ask at your local dive shop.

Diving watches can be cool boat gadgets too

The lovely Suunto Zoop diving computer – you don’t have to go for the lime green option, but I quite like it.



Inflatable Towables and Water Tubes

These are so much fun!  If you have a reasonably fast dinghy and some kids, these are essential boat accessories.  Tow a child (or an adult for that matter) behind your dinghy or speedboat for unlimited fun and giggles.  Almost anyone can take part.  No need to be young or fit, no skill involved, no training necessary – just loads of fun!  You can’t beat zooming through the water at top speed on an inflatable tube looking cool.  There are loads of different types of towable rings and tubes.  Check the range out here on Amazon.

Airhead inflatable towable ring

Zooming through the water attached by only a rope. Awesome.

Water Pistols and Super Soakers

Yes, I know.  We live on a boat.  Surrounded by water.  We can jump in the sea at almost any time.  But a good water pistol fight is still one of the most fun things to do on a calm, hot day.  A few super soakers are a must have boat accessory in our opinion.  We have several water pistols on board.  There are loads of different types.  Nerf are generally the best, but a bit more expensive than other makes.  Check out loads of Super Soakers on Amazon.


Nerf Super Soaker - fun water toys for boats

There are cheaper options for super soakers but Nerf Super Soakers and worth paying the extra dosh for.

If you are looking for a gift for a sailor, or a boat warming idea for a new boat owner, or even a gift idea for a boat kid, this list of fun boat stuff could be the place to start.


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That’s my cool boat stuff list for now.  If you know of any other fun water toys and must have boat gadgets that we will probably want, pop it in the comments below.  We’re always looking for more and even cooler cool boat stuff!     Read ‘10 Must have Boat Gadgets for Sailing and Travel‘ for more ideas.

2 Comments on “Cool Boat Gadgets – must have fun stuff for your boat

  1. YES! This is an awesome list, and I second everything you’ve got on it! I saw the subwing on SV Delos, also, and immediately looked it up to add to my wish list. 🙂

    • Thanks Jillian! The subwing looks fantastic! And we’ll definitely be getting a Split Dome one day – even if I have to sell one of the kids… 🙂

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