It’s here, it’s here! Despite a Covid-19 delay, it’s finally 2020 Amazon Prime Day (or, two days). If you are not familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it is a 2-day celebration being touted as the kick-off of the 2020 holiday shopping season 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
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.
Gerber multitools are included this Prime Day! If you don’t have a multitool aboard, now is the time. These come in handy for so many reasons. Need to rip open all those Amazon boxes you got from Prime Day shopping? No problem. Need to open a beer to celebrate a hard day’s work? This has you covered. Of course, it’s useful for actual screwing, cutting, and prying, but we find we use it most for those daily situations.
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. We got one last year during Prime Day and thankfully haven’t had to use it. If you missed out then, grab yourself one now! Better to have it and not need it.
Good eye protection aboard is nonegotiable aboard our boat. My eyes are so sensitive to light that I’m often squinting with sunglasses and a hat on! Oakley has a lot of their sunglasses on sale for Prime Day, and some with polarized lenses!
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. This 3-inch topper is on sale and is 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.
If you are starting anew, you can snag a Tuft and Needle foam mattress for Prime Day. This mattress in a box company has rave reviews and a loyal fan base. If you go this route be sure to check that the mattress height will work in your berth. Its sadly a little too tall of a mattress for us, sigh. Be sure to apply the coupon before checkout for an extra 20% off.
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 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? This is a limited time deal, so act FAST!
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?)
Having a multimeter aboard is the first step in diagnosing electrical issues. You want one that can read both AC and DC currents so the tool will be that much more valuable aboard. There are a few different models on sale for Prime Day, so add one to your tool kit if you don’t already have one.
A lightweight hammock is key to ultimate relaxation aboard while at anchor. Sometimes we’ve been known to hang ours while underway. This hammock has nearly 20,000 glowing reviews and packs up into a 5″ x 8″ bag. This makes a great holiday gift for boaters.
Life on the water can, unsurprisingly, be wet. A good dry bag to keep your stuff dry is really handy. No longer do you need to worry about your phone, money or provisions getting wet on that dinghy ride back to your boat. Toss them into this drybag and they will stay safe and dry in even the wettest of rides. Also great for SUP and kayak exploring.
Technical clothing and gear aboard can come in handy, especially for hikes while exploring new ports. Hiking shoes, hiking clothing and light winter gear are on sale from Columbia are part of this year’s sale. After hiking this summer in Maine in my running shoes and leggings, I think this may be the year I finally invest in the right gear so I don’t slide all over those rock scrambles.
Deals for the Galley
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 and one of 2019’s best sellers. It’s no surprise it is on sale again for 2019. But this year they have a few models on sale, including their new one with the built-in air fryer lid! 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.
I’ve been using my Contigo travel coffee for longer than I can remember. I have tried a lot of other designs and this is truly the easiest to use, no-spill design. I love using this during my morning watch shift. I don’t have to worry about my coffee getting cold, or it spilling when it inevitably rolls off the bench during a tack. What I love even more than the design is their warranty and customer service. If for any reason your mug stops working (starts leaking), they will send you a replacement mug!
During the lockdown, we upgraded a lot of our galley gear. We always cooked a lot, but we had a little more time to try new recipes. One of the things I had always wanted was a dutch oven. It’s such a versatile pan aboard that I can’t believe I waited so long to get one! This one is on sale for Prime Day, but it is the 6-quart model. If your boat oven can fit this, it’s a steal! Crockpot has their 3-quart version on sale, too.
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!
It is no secret that I am not a fan of Corelle aboard. One shattered plate experience while you trying to diagnose where you are taking on water from while underway is enough to traumatize a girl. That said, a lot of boaters swear by these plates aboard and will only use them. They feel much more substantial than melamine plates, and feel closer to ceramic than other styles.
Another product many cruisers swear by are the OXO Pop air-tight storage containers. Their square design allows you to maximize a lot of your storage space in your cabinets. Feeling confident that your dry goods are staying dry and bug-free is easy with these bad boys. Finding containers that work for your galley is a bit like finding the glass slipper though, each cabinet is so uniquely shaped. Are these the perfect fit for your galley?
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.
I’m so excited the Apeman mini projector is on sale this year. It’s been on my wishlist for years and I think I may finally pull the trigger. This thing is so small it fits in your hands and can easily create a magical movie night for everyone while at anchor. The built-in battery can last 1.5 -2 hours, which is so amazing when not connected to shore power. Connects to computers, phones and tablets via an HDMI port.
Our Amazon Fire Kids tablet is hands down the best thing we bought for our summer cruising. It comes with a year of Amazon Freetime which gives access to thousands of books, audiobooks, games and videos. Its been a really great way for us to access educational and entertaining content during crossings.
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?
I cannot believe this one is on Prime Day Deal! If you’ve ever contemplated a drone aboard, it has likely been the DJI Mavic. This bad boy is so amazing aboard and folds up super small. I think its time may be a necessity aboard, how else are you going to get those amazing aerial shots of your boat sailing?
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. We absolutely love our Anker chargers. They are the size of a cell phone so easy to carry around, and they recharge devices FAST. This one is a Prime Day lightening deal, so don’t miss out!
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.
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. This year they have hoodies, masks and t-shirts available on deal.
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.
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. These were soooo useful aboard.