Top Shoreline Marine Accessories

Top Shoreline Marine Accessories

Choosing the best marine accessories for your needs can be hard work. That’s why we’ve made a list of some of the best items available from Shoreline Marine for extending the life of your watercraft.

Check out our selections in the list below:

Marine Electrical Kit:
Shoreline Marine Electrical KitLet’s face it, an electrical system failure on the water can be catastrophic. Make sure you’re prepared with a well-stocked electrical kit so you can perform repairs on the fly. We recommend the Shoreline Marine Deluxe Electrical Kit.  This 338-piece kit includes butt connectors, cable clamps, male disconnects, flanged spade connectors, ring connectors, shrink tubing,  and wire ties.

Marine Epoxy:
Shoreline Marine EpoxySometimes epoxy can come in handy for last-minute repairs, whether you need to fasten something together or plug up a small leak, a good epoxy paste really can be a lifesaver on the water. We recommend Shoreline Marine 4 oz. Marine Epoxy Paste. This marine epoxy paste is for wet environment repairs and forms a weatherproof bond to fiberglass, wood, steel, aluminum, and most plastics.

Boat Fenders:
Shoreline Marine Boat Fender - BlackNo one wants to scuff up the finish on their boat when docking on a choppy day. To avoid unnecessary damage to your boat, we recommend the Shoreline Marine Inflatable Fender. This inflatable fender is made of vinyl, is black in color, and measures 4.5″x16″. It is flexible, durable and can act as an effective buffer between your boat and potential scratches and scuff marks when docked.

Boat Seat:
Whether you need add a new seat to your boat, or replace one that has seen better days, we recommend the Shoreline Marine Low Back Folding Seat. This low back folding seat is UV protected, has powder coated aluminum hinges, and is sand in color.

Marine Ladder:

Shoreline Marine LadderGetting in and out of the boat can be tricky when the water is deeper than standing depth. To help the boat re-entry process go a little more smoothly, we recommend the Shoreline Marine 3-Step Folding Aluminum Ladder. This folding aluminum ladder is coated with protective rubber, is easy to grasp, and can easily store away when not in use.

Fuel Tank:
Planning for a longer day on the water? Make sure you ration your fuel properly so you can avoid a tow back to the dock. If you think you need more space for fuel, we recommend the Shoreline Marine Portable Marine Fuel Tank. This portable marine fuel tank is EPA compliant, features a comfort grip handle, and safely holds three gallons of fuel. It can act as a main fuel tank or even as an emergency reserve tank for smaller-sized boats.

Security Padlock:

Shoreline Marine Brass PadlockIf you’re docking your boat up in an insecure location for long periods of time, you might want to consider securing your valuable equipment and hatches with a sturdy lock. We recommend the Shoreline Marine 1-½” Brass Padlock. This padlock is made of solid brass for superior corrosion resistance, and includes a hardened steel shackle for extra protection from tampering.

Check out these and an assortment of other great accessories in our boating supplies category of our online store. Did we miss a must-have marine accessory? Let us know in the comments or get in touch.

Fishing Etiquette Tips

Fishing Etiquette Tips

Etiquette is key wherever you go and the water is no exception. Let’s face it, if you’re not a seasoned pro it can be intimidating to get yourself situated on a fishing trip. Whether you’re on the bank or on the boat, sometimes you need a bit of a reminder about the do’s and don’ts of fishing etiquette.  Here are a few key tips for having a good time when you’re out on the water.

Space is Key
Fishing Too CloseUnless you’re in a remote location, you’re probably going to be fishing with, or in the vicinity of other people.  Giving other fishermen space is key.  If you’re navigating your boat, keep to a spot on the water that’s away from other boats. Don’t move into another boat’s fishing spot. Also, if you’re on the boat with other fishermen, give your buddies space. If possible, have one of you fish the front of your boat and one of you fish the back.  This helps to avoid accidentally crossing lines and to improve your chances of catching a fish. Plus no one wants to get a stray hook in the face from a gnarly cast. We also suggest rotating your position with your buddies to keep the water options “fresh.” If you must be in the same area as another person or boat, politely ask if it’s okay to be there or pass through the water.

Keep It Clean
Polluted WaterNo one wants to fish a dirty spot. That’s why it’s important to clean up after yourself. Be sure to clean up any litter. Keep track of stray lines and plastic baits. Try to prevent damage to the water or surroundings by using environmentally friendly tackle and avoiding making any lasting changes to the area. Not only does this keep the fishing spot clean and ready for whoever fishes there next, it minimizes any detrimental effects on the wildlife.

Sharing Is Caring
There’s a reason that you call the people that you regularly fish with your fishing buddies. No one likes to be on the water with a stingy angler. If you’re heading out on a lengthy trip that requires you to bring food and drinks, pack enough for all of you. The last thing you need is your buddy angrily staring at you while you shovel down a sandwich or happily munch on a protein bar as they sit in hungry misery.  If you’re fishing with live bait and your buddy runs out, share a minnow or two so that you can both keep fishing for the length of the trip.

Don’t Be “That Guy”
Don't be that guy.Chances are you know what lures work for you and what don’t. Or if you don’t, you’ll learn enough to get a handle on it.  But, when you’re on the water, don’t be the guy (or girl) that uses the same lure that someone else is using. Choose a different size, color, or entirely different bait. Also, if you see someone lose their catch, don’t immediately cast your bait into that area. Give the other fisherman a chance to get that second bite.

Respect Your Fish
Fish HandlingTreat your quarry with respect. Try to reel your fish in as quickly but gently as possible and handle it with care as you’re unhooking it to avoid damage or injury. If you’re at your daily catch limit, don’t waste time and resources by overfishing. If you’re not releasing your fish once it’s in the boat or in the creel, follow  your state’s restrictions for preparing the fish to be taken home. If you are going to release your fish, handle it in such a way so that it’s able to easily swim away after you measure it or take a picture.  Check out our blog entry specifically dedicated to catch-and-release fishing for tips on how to handle fish.

Be Prepared
Fishing Trip PreparationThis is perhaps the most important tip to good fishing etiquette. Before you head out on the water, make sure that you have your required fishing licenses. Know as much as you can about your fishing season. Know how long it lasts and any restrictions on catch limits or locations. Be able to identify the fish that you plan on catching. You don’t want to end up confusing your catch with another similar-looking species.

Following these tips on fishing etiquette should help you to have an enjoyable fishing experience.

Get In Touch
Did we miss a tip on etiquette? Do you have your own tips for other fishermen? Share them in the comments below or contact us directly.