If you’ve not customized your deck boat with some cool accessories, then you are genuinely missing out on potentially a lot of fun. There is so much you can do and buy, some of which are quite simply must-have accessories for a deck boat, whilst other are simply just fun to have.
You’re going to make some great memories on your deck boat, whether that’s with your family and friends or whilst with some of your fishing buddies.
Below is a large list of deck boat accessories split into various categories. You might not see something you like in the initial must-have section, so scroll down to see the fun or cool options for gadgets and add-ons you can buy today.
Must-Have Deck Boat Accessories
Safety first is an essential ethos that any boater should follow, and none more so than on a deck boat. Below is a list of the must-have accessories and gadgets that you simply need to have on your boat now.
1. Waterproof Lanyard
And you don’t want that to get wet, or even drop it into the water.
That’s where a waterproof lanyard can help. Simply hang it around your neck and worry no more about ruining your phone.
2. Key Floats
Attach some of these cheap key floats to your key ring, and even the most careless of pontooners will be safe in the knowledge that they can fish their keys out of the water should the worst happen.
3. Telescopic Boat Hook
Simple. A telescopic boat hook is what.
This one here is really good value for money and collapses down telescopically so it can be stored underneath your seat when not in use. It can hook out all manner or items from the water, even helping with your inflatables.
4. Emergency Spotlight
Having a strong spot light on board is an essential piece of safety gear as it will help you find people or property over board and can help you dock back safely when coming back into land.
The spotlight I use is a Stanley Fatmax Rechargeable. No matter how experienced you are, it should be a must have deck boat accessory to keep stored on your boat at all times.
5. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
You might never have to use yours, but you will be grateful the day you ever are called upon to use them.
For water sports such as towing tubes they are an absolutely necessity as at some point the person you’re pulling is going to get thrown into the water.
6. Marine Grade Fire Extinguisher
This particular extinguisher is US coast guard approved so buy one now and have it within easy reach, especially if you are planning on grilling on board your deck boat.
7. Audible Warning Device
This one on Amazon is very loud, in fact, much louder than an emergency whistle can ever be, and it’s a default accessory for a deck boat.
This one here can be heard over loud music, waves, and any other noise so buy one today. You won’t regret it and hopefully you will never have to use it.
8. Portable or Mounted Gas Grill
But which grills are best?
Go take a look at my recommended grills which I originally developed for pontoon boats, but they work just as well on a deck boat.
9. Yeti Marine Cooler
You can store food, drinks, and even fish or live bait in them if you are going to be fishing.
It’s a specialist marine grade cooler that has some of the best online reviews I have ever seen. I personally own two of these beauties. Go take a look, it’s a must-have accessory for the discerning deck boat owner.
10. Skier Down Flag
If the passenger comes off their skis or out of the inflatable tube, then this is how you let other boats on the lake know there’s a person in the water.
It’s a potential life-saver and I believe it is negligent not to have one on board if you are pulling people behind your deck boat.
Cool Deck Boat Accessories
Now let’s take a closer look at a few items that are just for fun and are very cool too! These aren’t essential by any stretch of the imagination but will definitely enhance the enjoyment you get from your deck boat.
11. Controllable LED Lighting
There are plenty of choices on the market, so I’ve put together a page dedicated to the best controllable LED lighting kits, all of which you can explore in this guide to LED lighting.
The ones in my guide were originally selected for pontoon boats, but they work just as well on deck boats too so go take a look at what’s on offer.
12. Waterproof Speakers
There are two options here; you can either fit some new powerful speakers or take a look at this waterproof portable speaker from AOMAIS. It can connect up via Bluetooth, letting you play tunes straight from your phone or any other digital storage device.
It’s been tested in lakes, been kept underwater for over 30 minutes, and still works, making it one of the best accessories you can take on your deck boat (and on land for the picnic afterwards).
13. Cup Holders
Solve that particular problem with these awesome cup holders which can hold your cups or cans in place whilst you enjoy the water more.
Fun Deck Boat Accessories
Let’s now take the fun up another notch with some deck boat accessories that are simply just fun. After all, your bought your deck boat to have fun right? Well if that’s not been happening too much recently, take a look at some of these ideas.
14. Inflatable Tubes
You can buy single person tubes, or to really have a great day out which everyone can enjoy why not look at some of the 4-person models currently on offer?
I’ve done a lot of the hard work for you with this guide to 4-person inflatables, all of which are rated and reviewed for safety and quality.
15. Fun Games to Play in the Water
We have a floating volleyball game that we love to play, plus cornhole on the water, water basketball and even floating beer pong.
Take a look at all the ideas elsewhere on Pontoonopedia in this guide to just some of the exciting and fun games you can play from your deck boat.
And finally, I didn’t want to leave you without some ideas for deck boat fishing accessories, and here’s just a small selection that might help you to make a bigger catch this weekend.
16. Rod Holders
Some of the deck boat rod holders on the market simply don’t cut it as they won’t fit to the boat properly, could be the wrong size, or possibly don’t offer you what you need to use your poles correctly.
What I’ve done is create a larger guide to rod holders which includes some excellent recommendations on what the best are right now. Have a look at that if fishing is important to you.
17. Waterproof Dry Kit Bag
The Earth Pak range are very good, coming in a variety of colors and sizes, they offer reliable protection from the wet with their strong PVC finish and watertight seals.
Buy one of these for your next fishing trip and you can relax knowing no matter how much water comes into your deck boat, all of your clothes, gadgets, and food will remain dry.
Want More Ideas?
Hopefully this guide to deck boat accessories has given you some great ideas.
But there’s even more to explore on Pontoonopedia, with some links below to other items, gadgets, and safety equipment that I recommend for all deck boat owners.
- All recommended accessories reviewed and rated
- Safety equipment check list
- 21 must-have fishing accessories
- Grilling accessories for cooking on a deck boat
- 33 brilliant accessories you simply must have