It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally 2019 Amazon Prime Day (or, two days). If you are not familiar with Amazon Prime Day, 2019’s event was a 2-day celebration on July 15-16 where thousands of products went on super sale exclusively for Amazon Prime members.
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Our Amazon Prime subscription may be one of the absolute best things we’ve bought for boat life. Need stainless bolts and your local hardware store doesn’t carry the right size? No problem, they’ll arrive tomorrow by noon. Need a new LED light fixture to help save energy? They’ve got thousands. Just cannot deal with rebuilding the head, again? Just buy a new one. The point is, Amazon sells pretty much everything you need for boat life except the actual boat.
The first step to getting your hands on some of these great deals is to have an active Prime subscription. The next step is to start shopping! Pro-tip: Shop from the Amazon app for access to exclusive coupons and deals on Prime Day. But with so many items on sale, how do you find the good deals? Below is a list of some of the best items on sale for sailors and boaters.
Deals for Boatlife
A good cooler aboard our sailboat is essential. It keeps cold drinks and snacks within easy reach without letting out all the cold air in our fridge 20 different times a day while underway. We’ve had the Yeti Roadie cooler for 2 years now and absolutely love it. It keeps ice frozen even in 100-degree heat. It is perfect for dock parties, working in the yard, or just making sure we have cold rose for sundowners. Models on sale include the Roadie, Tundra 35, Tundra 65, and select Hopper coolers.
When boaters get to a new anchorage we love to get off the boat and explore! There is no better way to do that than on a SUP. It’s a good core workout, so peaceful and really a great way to feel one with nature. If you’re really brave try your hand at SUP yoga! Amazon has a few different brands with great reviews on sale for Prime Day so check them all out.
A good night’s sleep is the foundation for safe passages. I haven’t quite figured out my perfect foam combination, but I know my mattress topper helps! So many boaters swear by theirs as well. Linenspa 3 inch toppers are on sale and are infused with gel beads that capture and diffuse heat so you don’t get too hot when sleeping. That will sure come in handy in the tropics! As nothing on a boat is standard size, you’ll have to cut this to fit your cushions. It’s really easy to do with an electronic or a chef’s knife.
Let’s face it, bumps and bruises are a permanent part of boat life. But, the headache from hitting your head for the 100th time doesn’t need to be. Select Basic Care pain relievers and first-aid products are on sale, so stock up! Basic Care is Amazon’s generic version of popular over-the-counter drug products.
In boat life, it is better to be overprepared. When the hurricane season of 2017 hit, so many Caribbean islands were left without drinkable water. The Lifestraw is for those moments. It removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria & 99.999% of waterborne parasites. One straw can provide up to 1,000 gallons of safe drinking water during its lifetime. Every boat and ditch bag should have one.
With two dogs aboard having a good vacuum is a necessity. I absolutely LOVE my Dyson stick vac aboard. It breaks down for easy storage and is super powerful. The V7 Animalpro is included in this year’s Prime Day Deals. Get a few extra filters for yours if you’re going to be cruising as they can get clogged and lose their effectiveness. Tip: you can rinse and clean the filters, who knew?
Sailing has been known to be strenuous at times (and insanely relaxing at others!), so having their right gear for the conditions is key. Outdoor gear for the whole family from Columbia, Camelbak, Marmot and more are on sale. They have gear for whatever excursions you plan to get into when you’re off the boat and exploring the destinations you sail to, too.
A boat is full of odd shaped spaces and cubbies. The most awkward spots are guaranteed to be where you need to be working. Having the right tools for the job can really help make the project a lot easier to accomplish without rubbing your knuckles raw along your hull. These half-moon wrenches fit in places a straight wrench just won’t and can more easily fit around already installed wires and hoses.
A laser infrared thermometer has proven a very useful tool aboard. Need to diagnosis where your engine is running hot? Point this bad boy at it? Want to make sure you properly padded your diesel heater exhaust fitting? Test the hull temperature? Want to prove just how cold-hearted your wife is? This will give you the exact degrees. (What, not everyone’s husband does this?)
Want to know just how miserably hot it is outside your boat in the dead of summer? Or worse, inside? I love having this thermometer aboard. It runs off batteries so it doesn’t require much to operate. The batteries have lasted a few months without needing to be replaced, too. Pro-tip: don’t leave the outdoor sensor under the dodger or it will appear that it is 110 degrees outside 😳
Having a voltmeter aboard is the first step in diagnosing electrical issues. The Amprobe AMP-220 Clamp Meter can read both AC and DC currents so will be that much more valuable aboard. This device’s precise measurement of current down to the tenth of an Amp ensures accurate current measurement of both large and small diameter wires, making it useful for both big and small boat projects.
Deals for the Galley
This handheld spiralizer is another Prime Day launch. It takes up very little room and is a 4-in-1 product. This bad boy can make slices as well as 3 different sized spirals. I love to use a spiralizer aboard for zucchini and adding it to my pasta. It’s a great way to sneak in extra veggies and make me feel better about the amount of mozzarella I added to my pasta. The blades are made of stainless steel so you don’t have to worry about them rusting.
Mixers for sundowner cocktails can be hard to keep aboard. Soda cans take up a lot of space and have been known to develop tiny holes in them after being shaken around while underway. Enter the soda stream. This little beast is perfect for making on-demand sodas and fizzy water. We like to add a little lime and mint for a refreshing and non-alcoholic treat. Don’t worry, we also use it for cocktails!
In my opinion, Joseph Joseph makes some of the best multi-use and space-saving galley gear. Their 5-in-1 Uni tool is one of the most used items in my galley. Their set of 9 nesting mixing bowls, colander, sieve and measuring cups has been on my wishlist for quite some time and now I can snag a set! I’ve also been very impressed with the quality of their products as well.
One of my favorite pieces of galley gear is my Instant Pot. I got it on for a $55 last year and it was Amazon’s best selling item on Prime Day in 2018. It’s no surprise it is on sale again for 2019. I love how quickly I can make a homecooked meal even after a long day. This device does require power, so I’ve only used it while plugged in on the dock. That being said, it has been AMAZING to have aboard.
I’ve always been conscious of how much waste I produce, but I’ve become even more eco-conscious since living aboard and really understanding how much waste humans create. Single-use plastic is a HUGE problem, and plastic sandwich bags, water bottles, and straws are some of the biggest contributors. We’ve made a lot of progress in correcting our impact for all of these. Stasher bags have been so amazing aboard. You can freeze them, boil, microwave or just used for dry goods. I absolutely LOVE these bags. These go on sale at 5:25pm July 15th, so set your alarms!
Having a GPS is a non-negotiable aboard our boat (and should be for everyone), but what happens when you want to hop in the dink and explore? A Garmin handheld GPS to the rescue! We first saw one of these when we were cruising in the Bahamas and met a wonderful couple who were visiting and rented a powerboat for their stay. We’ve wanted one ever since. Maybe today’s the day?
Phones and tablets are an integral part of the boating world today. We can navigate with them, plan sundowners with other boaters in our next anchorage, check the weather, document your journey with thousands of photos and so much more. But all of that is useless if your device runs out of battery. Having a backup power source to recharge your phone and/or tablet is key. The Mophie Powerstations XL 10,000mAh can charge your phone 3x on a single charge and even can charge multiple devices at once.
Boating and water go hand in hand. That may be good for the soul, but potentially dangerous for your phone. A waterproof case can be worth its weight in gold when your phone decides to go for a swim. While these covers are great for helping you recover your phone if it falls overboard at anchor or on the dock, there is still little that can be done when it flies out of the boat while underway. Don’t ask me how I know this.
As expected, Amazon devices are heavily discounted for Prime Day. As we’re currently tied to a dock we’ve found the Amazon Echo Dot to be very useful aboard. It’s tiny, loaded with features, and has endless punny jokes to keep me entertained. You can connect it to your Spotify account or just play anything on Amazon music (with or without a Music Unlimited subscription. I probably use it most often for its timer feature. The only negative thing about it is that my 2-year-old has almost figured out how to ask it to play Baby Shark. (Please send help!)
Running out of storage for your camera is always a concern when traveling and sailing off into unexplored waters. If you’re anything like me, you’ll take about 1,000 photos each hour. Those pictures can take up a LOT of space. Scandisk and WD hard drives and memory cards are on deal today. We always grab a few just in case. You can never be too prepared with extra storage.
The Kindle Paperwhite is now WATERPROOF. Yes, you read that correctly. This genius “I read like real paper but am an electronic device” can now withstand life aboard a boat even better. The paperwhite technology is easier on the eyes and can be read in the bright sun with no issue. Beachside reading and a wave gets the screen? No problem. Gobbling up a novel by the pool while the kids splash in the pool? Not an issue. Relaxing bath? Ha, I’m just kidding, we’re talking boat life here (but it CAN go in the bath!). This model comes in 8GB or 32GB so you can carry an entire library around with you.
Deals for Families
Cubcoats are the ultimate multi-use clothing item for kids and we all know that the more uses an item has aboard the better! These genius sweatshirts and hoodies transform into a cute stuffed animal when not in use. These bad boys can also be used as a pillow when on the go. 3 uses. One product. SIGN US UP. Cubcoats is even launching a few exclusive designs for Prime Day – Uki the Unicorn and Toothless Dragon.
We brought Zoe home from the hospital directly to our boat. One of the most used pieces of gear for babies and toddlers aboard is our carrier. It makes getting from the boat to the dinghy and onshore so much simpler. It’s also a great way to keep them safe and comfortable on the go. Lillebaby carriers have a cult-like following for their versatility and back support. Their Complete All-seasons and Airflow carriers are on sale for Prime Day. Don’t forget to clip the digital coupon!
I hate the disposal, single-use nature of baby wipes but sometimes they really come in handy. Wipes were a true savior when we first went cruising. Whether you need to take a baby wipe bath or have an actual baby aboard, baby wipes really can be useful to have. Amazon’s Mamma Bear wipes are included in this year’s deals.
Despite the scaling back on everything when you live aboard, your kids are still going to bring some of their toys aboard. We’ve managed to keep Zoe’s to a minimum so far, but who knows how long that will last. We love these cinch mats to keep everything contained. She can easily see all her stuff laid out when she’s playing, and the minute she goes to bed I scoop it all up and shove it under the nav table. This goes on sale on July 15, 2019 at 3:15am EST and I’m not sure how long it will last.
Reusable pouches are great to have aboard when you have a baby. You can whip up your favorite puree or simply buy a Costco sized jar of applesauce like we do and fill these up for adventures off the boat. I like how this set opens from the side making it even easier to fill and clean.
For active toddlers, a life jacket they can move around in easily contributes a lot to their happiness while exploring different ports and beaches. The Puddle Jumper has become one of the most popular swim aids for kids 30-50lbs. While it is USCG approved, I don’t think I’ll keep this on Zoe while underway (I prefer a harness or vest style), but it is going to be great at the beach and pool.