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How to Correctly Anchor a Boat Without a Headache

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Are you new to the world of boating and wondering how to anchor a boat the right way? If so, keep reading. Below we have put together a comprehensive guide on everything boat anchors including step-by-step instructions on how to anchor a boat the right way. There's a lot you'll need to learn before you set out onto sea so buckle up and let's get started!

​​What Does a Boat Anchor Do?

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Before we get into the step-by-step instructions on how to anchor a boat you'll want to know a little more about anchors and what they do. One of the easiest ways to think about a boat anchor is like an emergency brake on a car. If you're parked on a hill, you likely want to use your emergency brake in case your car rolls. The same is true for boats and anchors. When a boat is in the water, it has the tendency to sway and move with the currents and the wind. If you want to prevent your boat from drifting away, you use an anchor.

An anchor works by digging into the seabed floor with various shaped prongs and hooks. If you own a boat, you should always have an anchor because they do much more than just keep you from drifting away from the docks while moored. Anchors are also a great safeguard against rocks and other shallow terrains that may damage your boat.

It's important to note that there are many different shapes, sizes, and types of anchors meant to do different things. To figure out which anchor you need for your boat and boating location, keep reading.

​​Which Anchor Is Right for You?

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As we mentioned above, there are many different types of anchors, and if you want to learn how to anchor a boat correctly, it's important that you select the right anchor for your individual boat and boating conditions. When it comes to selecting an anchor, you'll want to start by assessing your boat size, wind conditions, and the depth of the environment.

One of the easiest ways to figure out what type and size you need are to contact the manufacturer of your boat. Most boats will either come with an anchor or have various recommendations in the user manual.

An aspect that's often overlooked by beginners is the fact that you should have more than one anchor and each anchor should have a specific purpose. It's not about having backups in the case that your rope snags and breaks (yes, this can actually happen), but you ideally should have one main anchor, one designated for storm conditions, and one lunch hook for quick stops. Your storm anchor should be a size or two larger than your main anchor, and the lunch hook will be one or two sizes smaller than your main anchor.

Anchor Shapes

When you take a look at the different types of anchors below, you'll need to know a bit about their shapes and what they're best suited for. In general, there are four different shapes that anchors can be. These shapes include kedge, plow, Danforth, and mushroom. A kedge anchor has the traditional anchor shape that you see on large vessels and in many movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean. Many beginners opt for kedge anchors because they're most recognizable; however, they're not suited for everything.

Types of Anchors

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If you fail to select the right anchor for your boat and boating situation, you can end up in more trouble than you would expect. Not only do you risk drifting out to sea, but you could damage your boat, other boats, and sea creatures if you use anchors the wrong way. Before we get into how to anchor a boat, you'll want to avoid any serious mishaps by taking a look at the standard types of anchors below:

Fluke Anchors

Plow Anchors

Claw Anchors

Other Helpful Anchors

Other Necessary Supplies

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When it comes to purchasing an anchor, you also want to ensure you have the proper equipment to use and stow it. One of the things we see overlooked too often is the use of incorrectly sized deck cleats and anchor rollers. Deck cleats and anchor rollers should be sized to each individual anchor it's being used on. If you use the incorrect size, you can end up damaging your goat, the anchor, or losing your equipment out at sea.

Not only do you want to keep deck cleats and anchor rollers in mind but you also want to choose the correct anchor line. If you opt for a rope that's too thin or too thick, you can end up losing your anchor to the sea. We recommend looking for nylon-based ropes due to their durability and flexibility in the water. That being said, if you opt for nylon rode you'll need to replace it every few years especially if you're using it in salt water.

What Headaches Can Crop Up Anchoring 
a Boat?

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Rode Fouling

One of the biggest headaches that can occur when anchoring a boat is what's called rode fouling. Rode fouling almost always occurs because an inexperienced captain is trying to set an anchor with their boat off. As you'll learn in the step-by-step instructions below, you have to continuously move and straighten out your boat in order to get your anchor to truly set with a safe and durable hold. The rode becomes fouled when all of the rope piles directly on top of the anchor in a large and snag-worthy pile.

Too Heavy

If you have a large boat, you're likely going to need a large anchor. This can become a headache for people that aren't as strong as others, so make sure you have the equipment you need to keep you and the other members onboard safe at all times. If you fear the anchor and rode are too heavy for you to handle, there are some automated options available in place of the manual method. That being said, in the case of emergencies it's always a good idea to have someone on board that can manually lift and drop an anchor if need be.

How to Anchor a Boat

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Step One: Choosing an Anchor Spot

Step Two: Stop, Check, and Think

Step Three: Approach From Downwind

Step Four: Let Your Line Out

Step Five: Drop Anchor

Step Six: Straighten Out

Step Seven: Scope and Tie

Step Eight: Double Checks

Step Nine: Final Maintenance

Conclusion

When you're a new boat owner, there are a ton of things to learn to keep you and your boat safe. Learning how to anchor a boat may seem like an easy task to some, but it truly does take a lot of knowledge, skill, and practice in order to perform with ease. That being said, don't worry if it takes you more than one time to set your anchor correctly. Even some of the most experienced sailors struggle with anchoring based on the number of variants involved.

At the end of the day, as long as you follow the advice and steps above, you'll have no problem completing a safe and successful voyage. Best of luck and bon voyage!

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BEWARE Matey! Have You Learned How Should You Pass A Fishing Boat Safely?

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How should you pass a fishing boat? It is a simple question, but it often doesn't get asked until the situation arises. This can cause a lot of confusion and frustration for everybody. Along with obvious safety precautions, it is wise to designate a passenger to be a lookout if you have one or two on-board with you. This can help you stay vigilant, even when attending to equipment or other passengers while out on the water, especially if you should encounter a commercial fishing boat. They use expensive equipment that can get damaged by your boat as well as cause damage to your boat in return, if you get caught in the trawling lines. Their nets can span far past the stern of the boat and cannot be seen from above the surface, especially since a lot of the action happens along the seabed. So, how should you pass a fishing boat? But still maneuver in a way that avoids all the fancy fishing equipment?

The answer to that question relies on the specifics of the situation. What kind of vessel are you operating? From which direction are you approaching the fishing vessel or is it approaching your boat? Also, the weather conditions determine what kind of methods of communication to use: lights or sounds. Of course, when in doubt, turn to your handy VHF radio to talk to the other skippers out on the water.

How Should You Pass a Fishing Boat?: Boating Etiquette

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Knowing "how should you pass a fishing boat?" is more than just knowing the rules of driving a boat. Any good skipper should have a feel for their boat (how long it takes her to spend up or slow down) and should know how to handle the various kinds of situations that may arise while out on the water.

At every dock or harbor there's always “that guy” who doesn't realize the size of his wake or who doesn't sound off when leaving his slip. To better understand how to pass a fishing boat without risking the chance of a collision, you are going to need to know at least some of the basics of boating etiquette. Especially if you don't want to be “that guy.” Your rowdy neighbors on the docks may even notice your level of consideration and follow your lead.
Whether you are a seasoned skipper or new to the ways of the water, there is a certain level of common sense needed to operate such a heavy piece of machinery. Boating etiquette is the practice of this and of being considerate of others who are also using the water ways. Going slow in no wake zones, staying to the right of any channels or harbors, and sounding the appropriate signals when the situation arises are easy, but effective ways to keep your neighbors friendly.

Before continuing onto your question, "how should you pass a fishing boat?", we should cover what some basic nautical terms first. Some words can be obvious or more well-known. Regardless, they are all important in this article.

General Definitions


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It is not well known but the term “vessel” refers to any craft that can be used or is capable of being used as a means of transportation on water. A power-driven vessel refers to any vessel propelled by machinery. A sailing vessel is boat that can be outfitted with both sails and an outward motor. However, how the vessel is operating at the time of crossing is how you would characterize the vessel. Any vessel that is “underway” is moving and not at anchor, or made fast ashore.

When a vessel is “restricted in her ability to maneuver” this means for whatever reason, they go first. Regardless of what powers the boat, it is the stand on vessel while you give way to any change in course. A “vessel engaged in fishing” means the boat probably has nets, lines, and other fishing equipment operating which will limit maneuverability. When a vessel is “not under command,” it doesn't operate as intended. This can be due to engine or other mechanical failure.

When referring to who has the right to go first in a given situation, that boat is often called the “stand on” vessel, and when a vessel should let the other set the course and stay out of their way is referred to as the “give-way” vessel.

Parts of the boat can also be confusing to some new boatists. The bow refers to the front of the ship, and the stern is the back. Starboard side is the right side of the boat when facing the bow, and port side is the left side. At night, just like on planes, you will see a green light on the starboard (right) side and a red light on the port (left) side. If you find yourself out on the water at night, use these lights to help you determine which direction another vessel is traveling.

Preventing Accidents on the Water


Along with designating a passenger as a lookout, there is another important aspect about traveling on the water. You have no brakes. Instead, to slow down or stop, you use astern propulsion to go in reverse (and you should signal with your horn before doing so). You need enough space between you and other objects in the water to have enough time to slow down before hitting the object and avoid a collision. You should also be taking this into consideration when coming to a crossing with another vessel on the open water.

​Using a Marine Radio


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When using the radio, it is important to remember the distress channel is channel 16. The radio should be left on this channel in case a distress call from a nearby boat comes in. However, to simply communicate over the radio with a boat not in distress, connect through that channel than quickly agree on another channel to transfer to, as to keep the distress channel open and free of unnecessary chatter. Another common channel to reach boaters on is channel 9.

Remember that a radio is not a phone. So, keep your conversations short and to the point so others can use the channel. Also, anyone in the area with a VHF radio can tune in and hear your conversation.

​Sea Yarn


A lot of the old salty skippers use an old poem, known as Sea Yarn, however, the author is unknown.

Rules of the Road at Sea

When all three lights I see ahead,
I turn to starboard and show my red.
Green to green, red to red,
Perfect Safety, go ahead.
But if to starboard red appear,
It's my duty to keep clear.
To act as judgement,
Says is proper,
Turn to starboard,
Back, or stop her.
And if upon my port is seen,
a steamer's starboard
light of green.
I hold my course and watch to see,
That green to port keeps clear of me.
Both in safety and in doubt,
always keep a good look out.
In danger with no room
to turn,
ease her, stop her, go astern.

Source: Unknown (Used by many as a way to memorize the Navigational Rules.)

​Who Goes First?


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It usually doesn't matter who got to the point of crossing first or who has the bigger ship (although, it might seem that way). Who goes first depends on what powers their vessel (wind or motor), how easily the boats can maneuver, along with which direction the boat are approach each other.

All emergency vessels and any vessel not under command (control) are stand on vessels to all others when on the water. A vessel may not be under command for a number of reasons, whether it is a mechanical malfunction or something is damaged. The skipper should signal any incoming boats accordingly.

Commercial fishing vessels are also stand on vessels to all others, if engaged in fishing. This is due to the fact that they have heavy duty trawls (nets) that are working to catch hundreds of pounds of fish. These lines and nets can damage your boat and their equipment if you get tangled in it.

Power (motor)-driven vessel should give way to sailing vessels. If a sailboat is using an outward motor, then it is considered a power-driven vessel at that moment and should give way to any sailing vessels passing by.

If you are kayaking or paddle boarding in a high traffic area, stay to the right. As the slower vessel, you have the right-of-way. You can use a whistle to make the same sound signals a bigger boat would do with their horn. Even though you have the “right of way” bigger boats can move much faster than kayaks or canoes. Consider letting them by first and get out of the way, if it is more convenient.


How Should You Pass a Fishing Boat?: Using & Understanding Sound & Light Signals

Knowing where to go depends on your position with the other vessel and what kind of vessel you are driving. Using the old Sea Yarn poem, you can how to handle a crossing with another boat, or you can refer to the US Coast Guard's Navigational Rules or Marine Collision Regulations for more detailed instructions.

Sound Signals


Sound signals should only used in weather conditions with good visibility. In cases of low visibility, sound signals can be distracting and confusing if the source can be easily located. In these situations, it is best to use light signals. When in doubt, reach for the VHF radio.

Types of Sound Signals

A short blast of the horn refers to a horn blast that lasts at most two seconds. A prolonged (long) blast refers to a horn blast that lasts at least four seconds and at most six seconds.

When getting underway, don't forget to signal. Use one prolonged blast of your horn to do this. This let other boats around the docks, harbour, or channel that you are just started moving along. When you are about to back up, you should give your horn three short blasts. This warns other boaters that you're about to use astern propulsion. If you need to back up to get out of your slip in the docks, you'd use one prolonged blast to signal you've just started moving and then three short blasts to signal that you're moving backwards.

When coming to a point of crossing with another vessel, it is important to use your horn (or lights) when appropriate. This minimizes confusion and prevents chances of collision. Use one short horn blast to signal the other boat that you are maneuvering to your starboard side. Two short blasts of your horn signals to the other boat that your changing your course to port side.

Passing Another Vessel

When approaching another vessel from behind, they may be towing something and it might be bigger than what you see on the surface. To avoid any confusion, signal as soon as a crossing is eminent.

To signal to another boat that you intend to pass them up on their starboard side, use two long horn blasts followed by one short one. To signal that you want to maneuver to their port side use two long, then two short horn blasts. If they agree with your maneuver, they will send back a signal meaning “I agree,” which is one long, one short, one long, and one short blast of the horn.

Sound Signals to Use During Low-Visibility

During times of thick fog or storm clouds approaching, there are a couple singles to use when you are stopped or not under command of your vessel. These include using two prolonged horn blasts to signal you are at a stand still in the water, but you still have control over your boat. If you don't have command of your vessel (or you have limited maneuverability), you would use one prolonged blast followed by two short blasts. Any vessel can also use this sound sequence to signal that they are towing or fishing.

There are also times when you might be coming around a bend in foggy weather. Seasoned skippers use one prolonged horn blast to audibly warn others that they are approaching a bend in the waterway. Skippers may also sound this warning (one long horn blast) every two minutes while traveling at times of low visibility.

​Using Sound Signals at Anchor

If you're at anchor with restricted visibility (due to the weather), and you think there may be a chance of collision, give one long blast followed by three short blasts of the horn.

If you see someone approaching you while anchored and they are less than 100 meters away, use a bell, and then hit a gong once. If you think they are more than 100 meters away from you, only use the bell, at five second intervals.

Light Signals


Light signals are better seen at night, but they should still be used in all weather conditions. The types of light visible will also tell you what type of vessel you're approaching. Since bigger vessels will need more space to maneuver and they usually have more lights, so give them plenty of space if you see them coming.

Types of Lights

The masterlight is the main light of a vessel, which you should be able to see from every direction, except from directly behind the vessel. It is placed over the aft and fore centerline and should have a visibility of at least five miles.

The sidelights should be visible from at least three miles away, but they should be just as visible from behind as they are in front of the boat. The sidelights refer to the green light on the boat's starboard side and the port side has a red light. So, when a ship is moving away from you, the red light will be on the left side of the boat and the green light will be visible on the right side of the boat.

The stern light will have the same characteristics of the masterlight, but it will slightly to the right of the aft and fore centerline. Except, the sternlight doesn't need as much of a visibility arc.

“Engaged in Fishing” Lights on Fishing Vessels

When large vessels (especially commercial) are engaged in a specific activity that limits mobility or distracts them from their surroundings, they will usually display a specific light when engaged in that activity.

When engaged in fishing, but not underway, commercial fishing boats will often display a green light above the master light and sternlight. If they are underway, they will be displaying their side (port and starboard) lights.

​Using Light Signals

While the lights are always on, the masterlight can be used in the same way the horn is used to signal other boats of intended maneuvers. A short light flash is only one or two seconds at the longest. A long flash of light lasts from four to six seconds.


​How Should You Pass a Fishing Boat?

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Passing a fishing boat can be a daunting task if you're not familiar with the poem Sea Yarn or if you don't have your boating etiquette down pat.

Because safety is everyone's first priority, we would like to stay away from "who has the Right-of-Way?" kind of thinking. Instead, when two boats approach each other, we hope everyone's main objective in this situation is to avoid an accident.

Every type of commercial vessel has their own light signals to warn others of their current status regarding operation. For example, a buoy “handler” has a specific light for when the driver is repairing/replacing a buoy and fishing vessels are no different.

How Should You Pass a Fishing Boat?: Passing From Behind

When you come up from behind a fishing boat, keep a safe distance. They may have a trawl line operating and they should have the proper lights displayed if they are.

If you have enough space, signal to pass them on their starboard side. If they accept your maneuver, they should've sent the same signal back. If they don't, they will use the danger signal. If they fail to signal back, assume they didn't hear your signal.

If for whatever reason there is not enough space to pass the fishing boat on the starboard side, signal with one long, one short, another long, and then another short blast of the horn to signal to the boat that you intend to overtake the vessel on her port side.

Be sure to leave enough room behind the fishing boat to stay clear of their nets and lines. The fishing vessel might slow down a bit. This is to give the lines some slack in case you come to close. Keep going the way you signaled and keep a look out for any changes in the fishing boat's course. Technically, they are the stand on vessel and you have to give way to any changes in their course.


​Conclusion

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The US Coast Guard's Navigational Rules were created to prevent a collision while out on the water, but there are times when rules should be broken. While the rules say to pass on the starboard side, there are times when that maneuver is more likely to cause a collision rather than staying on the port side and passing starboard-to-starboard. Sometimes the reasons for breaking the rules are for safety or just because it is more convenient for everyone involved (and still safe).

For example, if you are already on the left side of a channel and so is another vessel, it is best to keep going the way you are going, instead of risking an accident by doing things "by the book." When you are presented with a new and unfamiliar situation (as you are likely to run into one during any boating trip) use your common sense to do what is best (and easiest) for you and the other vessel involved.

A friendly reminder: just because you are unfamiliar with a law or regulation doesn't mean it doesn't apply to you. We hope this will encourage boat operators to study their sound and light signals and the “rules of the road,” before their next boating trip.

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Best Deep Cycle Marine Battery to Power Any Ship!

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​When it comes to powering your ship, you want to make sure your battery has what it takes, so you need the best deep cycle marine battery. Whether you have a giant ship or a small seacraft, it’s essential that you properly care for it by powering it with the best battery on the available.

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Are All Marine Batteries Deep Cycle Batteries?

What Is the Difference between Starting Batteries and Marine Batteries?

What Are True Deep Cycle Batteries?

​How We Reviewed the Best Deep Cycle Marine Battery

When it comes to finding the best deep cycle marine battery on the market, there are plenty of great options. The right one for you will depend largely on the features you and your ship need in a battery. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve gathered some of the highest ranking options and compared them on basic characteristics.

​Overall Price Range

You can expect to spend anywhere from around $150 to around $450 on the best deep cycle marine battery for you.

​What We Reviewed

  • ​ Optima Batteries 8016-103 D34M BlueTop Marine Battery
  • ​ Odyssey 31M-PC2150ST-M Thunder Marine Battery
  • ​ Universal Power Group AGM Deep Cycle VRLA Battery
  • ​ VMAXTANKS VMAX V35-857 Marine Battery
  • ​ Interstate Batteries Sealed Lead Acid Deep Cycle Battery
  • ​ Bass Pro Shops XPS Power Series Marine Battery
  • ​ VMAX MR127 AGM Deep Cycle Battery
  • ​ Optima Batteries 8027-127 D27M BlueTop Marine Battery
  • ​ Odyssey 34M-PC1500ST Thunder Marine Battery
  • ​ VMAX XTR31-135 AGM Marine Battery
Optima Batteries 8016-103 D34M BlueTop Starting and Deep Cycle Marine Battery
  • 12-Volt, 750 Cold Cranking Amps, Size: 10 inches x 6 7/8 inches x 7 13/16 inches tall, Weight: 43.5 pounds, Dual SAE & 5/16 inches Stainless Steel Stud Posts. 55 Ah C20 capacity
  • Optimal starting power even in bad weather
  • Mountable in virtually any position. Works well as a boat battery or RV battery
  • Fifteen times more resistant to vibration for durability
  • Reserve capacity of 120 minutes for constant performance

Features

This powerful option is perhaps the best deep cycle marine battery. It runs on 12 volts and offers 750 cold cranking amps. The battery weighs 43.5 pounds and has a Dual SAE and 5/16 inch stainless steel stud posts. It offers optimal starting power even if the worst weather the seas can throw at you. It’s mountable in virtually any position and is covered in a shock resistant hard external casing for optimal protection. The battery can be used in an RV as easily as in a ship and it has a reserve capacity of 120 minutes. It measures 10 inches by 6 7/8 inches by 7 13/16 inches.

Pros

  • 12 volts
  • 750 cold cranking amps
  • Weighs 43.5 pounds
  • Dual SAE
  • 5/16 inch stainless steel stud posts
  • Gives you optimal starting power in any weather
  • Mountable in any position
  • Shock resistant casing
  • 120-minute reserve capacity

Cons

  • Some customers have reported battery failure
  • Some individuals have reported that the battery has difficulty holding a charge

​Warranty

​The manufacturer of this battery offers a one-year warranty.

Odyssey 31M-PC2150ST-M TROLLING Thunder Marine Dual Purpose Battery
  • Cold Crank Amp (CCA)- 1150. Better warranty: Limited 3 and 4 year full replacement warranty: not pro rata; Longer service life: 3-10 years of service life: save consumers time, money and aggravation
  • Longer cycle life: 70 percentage longer cycle life compared to conventional deep cycle batteries, up to 400 cycles at 80 percentage depth of discharge- high stable voltage for longer periods of time
  • Recharge: Highest recharge efficiency of any sealed lead battery on the market, capable of 100 percentage recharge in 4-6 hours; Mounting flexibility: Non-spillable design
  • Vibration resistance-design protects against high impact shock and mechanical vibration; Extreme temperature tolerant- Operating temperatures from -40 degree Celsius (-40 degree Fahrenheit) to 80 degree Celsius (176 degree Fahrenheit)
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

Features

​This is perhaps the best deep cycle marine battery because it packs in a whopping 1150 cold cranking amps. Plus, this new design is back with a longer service life of an expected 3 to 10 years, saving the consumer time, money, and a whole lot of frustration. Compared to other deep cycle batteries, this one boasts a 70% longer life cycle. This option for the best deep cycle marine battery offers up to 400 cycles at 80% discharge depth, giving you a high stable voltage over a long period of time.

This battery also has the highest recharge efficiency of any sealed lead battery available for purchase; it’s capable of a full recharge in only 4 to 6 hours. The non-spillable design of the battery gives you flexibility when mounting it. Plus, the vibration resistant hard external cover gives the battery the extra protection it needs to power you through choppy waters.

Pros

  • 1150 cold cranking amps
  • Longer service life expectancy of 3 to 10 years
  • 70% longer life cycle than other deep cycle batteries on the market
  • Offers up to 400 cycles at 80% discharge depth
  • Highest recharge efficiency
  • Full recharge in 4 to 6 hours
  • Non-spillable design for mounting flexibility

Cons

  • Customers have reported that the terminal positions are different than in the older design

​Warranty

​This manufacturer offers both limited 3 and 4-year full replacement warranty

Universal Power Group 12V 100Ah Solar Wind AGM SLA DEEP Cycle VRLA Battery 12V 24V 48V
  • UPG #45978 UB121000 12V 100Ah
  • Dimensions: 12.17 inches x 6.61 inches x 9.16 inches. Weight: 63.93 Lbs
  • SLA/AGM maintenance free, spill proof battery
  • Rechargeable battery that can be mounted in any position, resists shocks and vibration
  • 1 Year Warranty

Features

​This option is perhaps the best deep cycle marine battery because it comes at such a low price point. It runs on 12 volts and 100Ah and weighs 63.93 pounds. It’s maintenance free and has a spill-proof battery, giving you flexibility when it comes to mounting the battery. It is rechargeable and has a strong external shell that helps to protect the battery from the shocks and vibrations of being out on the water.

Pros

  • Maintenance free
  • Spill-proof battery for mounting flexibility
  • Rechargeable
  • Strong shock-resistant shell
  • Extremely affordable option
  • 12 volts
  • 100 Ah

Cons

  • Some customers have reported mechanical failure
  • Some customers have said that the manufacturer’s customer service is difficult to work with
  • Some individuals have reported a low battery life span

​Warranty

​ The manufacturer of this battery offers a one-year warranty.

VMAXTANKS VMAX V35-857 12 Volt 35AH AGM Battery Marine Deep Cycle HI Performance Battery Ideal for Boats and 18-35lb minn kota, minnkota, Cobra, sevylor and Other trolling Motor (12V 35AH, Group U1)
  • Dimensions: L=7.7" W=5" H=6.1"
  • Also avilable as a battery kit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HOUCLWE
  • Heavy Duty Grids: VMAX heavy duty lead tin alloys provide an extra margin of performance and service life in either float or cyclic applications, even after repeated over discharges.
  • Maintenance Free Operation: There is no need to check specific gravity of the electrolyte or add water to VMAX tanks during float service life. In fact, there is no provision for this type of maintenance.
  • RECOMMENDED CHARGER: VMAX BC1204 12V 3.3Amp

Features

​This battery option is definitely the best deep cycle marine battery for somebody. It uses heavy-duty lead-tin alloys that give your performance an extra edge and a longer service life in float or cyclic applications. This battery has the ability to be discharged over and over and still regain its strength. It uses a maintenance-free operation that means the customer doesn’t have to waste time checking the specific gravity of the electrolytes.

Pros

  • Heavy duty lead-tin alloys
  • Can use float or cyclic applications
  • Can deep cycle repeatedly without harm to the battery
  • Maintenance free operation

Cons

  • Some customers have reported that the battery can’t hold a charge
  • Customers have reported mechanical failure
  • Some people have complained about the screws that come with the battery not being stainless steel

​Warranty

​The manufacturer of this battery offers a one-year limited warranty

Interstate Batteries 12V 35AH Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) AGM Deep Cycle Battery (DCM0035) Insert Terminals
  • Interstate Batteries Deep-Cycle mobility product, our DCM0035 Replacement battery fits many products such as Jazzy Chairs, Leisure lift, Pride Mobility Scooters, Ranger All Season, Kubota mowers, Invacare battery, Hoveround MPV5, MPV4, MPV3, MPV2, MPV1, and other Hoveround products batteries, Bruno wheelchairs. This product is not a replacement for golf cart batteries
  • Rechargeable, Maintenance-free and spill proof because of the AGM & VRLA (valve regulated) technology that eliminates spills and overpressure.
  • Professional-grade quality product developed specifically for wheelchairs and scooters. Long life for deep discharge usage. The best performer for heavy demand mobility, wheelchairs
  • 12volt 35 ah sealed lead acid battery. Dimensions: 7.68 inches (L) x 5.16 inches (W) x 6.42 inches (H) Terminal: INSERT W/BOLT REPLACES FLAG TY
  • Quality product - our rigorous testing 7 point quality protocol - ensures we exceed industry standards and back our products with an unmatched 1 year no-hassle warranty.

Features

​This sealed lead acid battery is one of the best deep cycle marine battery options out there because of its low price point and durability. It runs on 12 volts and offers 100 Ah. The non-spillable design of the battery makes it easy to be mounted in any position.

Pros

  • Very low price point
  • Runs on 12 volts and 100 Ah
  • Non-spillable design and easy mounting

Cons

  • Some customers have complained about customer service
  • Some individuals have reported that the battery they receive is not the same as the battery they ordered
  • Individuals have reported mechanical failure

​Warranty

​The manufacturer of this battery offers a limited one-year warranty.

Battery 12 Volt 35AH Marine Deep Cycle HI Performance Battery Ideal for Boats and 18-35lb Minn Kota, Minnkota, Cobra, Sevylor and Other Trolling Motor (12V 35AH, Group U1) Beiter DC Power
  • Dimensions: L=7.7" W=5" H=6.1"
  • Heavy Duty Grids: Power King heavy duty lead tin alloys provide an extra margin of performance and service life in either float or cyclic applications, even after repeated over discharges.
  • Maintenance Free Operation: There is no need to check specific gravity of the electrolyte or add water to VMAX tanks during float service life. In fact, there is no provision for this type of maintenance.

Features

​This powerful option is one of the best deep cycle marine batteries for any ship. It has a rugged vibration-resistant AGM construction and gives a full 550 cold cranking amps to roar your ship’s motor to life. It gives you long-lasting deep-cycle performance time and time again, as well as quick recharges. The dual-terminal design gives you a convenient and easy installation. It can function both as a starting and deep-cycle battery.

Pros

  • Dual-terminal design for convenient installation
  • Functions as both a starting and deep-cycle battery
  • 550 cold cranking amps
  • Quick recharge capability
  • Vibration-resistant AGM construction

Cons

  • Some customers have said that the battery takes an extended period to fully charge
  • Some customers have reported battery failure

​Warranty

​The manufacturer of this battery offers a one-year free replacement and 36-month pro-rated marine battery warranty.

VMAX MR127 12 Volt 100Ah AGM Deep Cycle Maintenance Free Battery Compatible with Boats and 40-100lb, minnkota, Cobra, sevylor and Other trolling Motor (Group 27 Marine Deep Cycle AGM Battery)
  • 12 Volt 100Ah Group 27 Deep Cycle Heavy Duty AGM Marine Deep Cycle Maintenence Free Battery (Includes carrying handles)
  • Electrolyte Suspension system VMAX tanks utilize an electrolyte suspension system consisting AGM (Absorbed Glass Matt) of a high porosity that totally absorb and contain the electrolyte. No silica gels or any other contaminants are used
  • Heavy Duty Grids: VMAX heavy duty lead tin alloys provide an extra margin of performance and service life in either float or cyclic applications, even after repeated over discharges.
  • Fits any Group 27 Battery Box, fits the MinnKota Trolling Motor Power Center; Bargainshore offers FREE Signature Confirmation on most bulky orders in excess of $150.00. You can waive the Signature Confirmation by sending us a message with your request when placing your order. Orders of 5 or more batteries shipped on a pallet must be signed for when delivered. A contact number is required to schedule pallet delivery.
  • Battery Cables MADE IN USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLJBT65?ref=myi_title_dp

Features

​This is perhaps the best deep cycle marine battery because of the premier construction. This VMAX battery uses an electrolyte suspension system that utilizes Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) with a high porosity to contain the electrolyte. No silica gels or contaminants are used! This battery uses 12 volts and 100 Ah. It uses heavy duty lead tin alloys that give your seacraft an edge. It can be used in both float or cyclic applications and continues to work well discharge after discharge. It fits any Group 27 battery box.

Pros

  • Fits in any Group 27 battery box
  • Electrolyte suspension system
  • AGM with high porosity contains electrolyte
  • No silica gels or other contaminants
  • 12 volts and 100 Ah
  • Can be used on float or cyclic applications

Cons

  • This battery is very heavy
  • Some customers have complained about a short lifespan

​Warranty

​The manufacturer of this deep cycle battery offers a limited one-year warranty.

Optima Batteries 8027-127 D27M BlueTop Starting and Deep Cycle Marine Battery
  • Pure lead spiralcell design allows for lead to be used in its purest form.C20 Capacity:66 Ah
  • Spiralcell technology for superior vibration resistance and extended life
  • Solid cast cell connections for increased durability and maximum plate height
  • Tightly compressed cells for added vibration resistance. Reserve Capacity at 25 Amps: 140 Minutes
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

Features

​This is perhaps the best deep cycle marine battery because it uses a pure lead spiral cell design that allows the battery to utilize lead in its purest form as well as provides extra protection against vibration. It has a C20 capacity and 66 Ah. The battery uses solid cast cell connections that lend themselves to increased durability and maximum plate height. Additionally, the tightly compressed cells give you an added vibration resistance. This battery has a reserve capacity of 140 minutes and 25 amps and 800 cold cranking amps.

Pros

  • Spiral cell design that uses the purest form of lead and provides extra vibration protection
  • C20 capacity and 66 Ah
  • 140 minute reserve capacity and 25 amps
  • 800 cold cranking amps
  • Solid cast cell connections give increased durability and maximum plate height
  • Tightly compressed cells give extra protection from vibration

Cons

  • Several customers have complained about poor customer service
  • Customers have reported mechanical failure

​Warranty

​The manufacturer of this battery offers a limited two-year warranty.

Odyssey 34M-PC1500ST TROLLING Thunder Marine Dual Purpose Battery
  • Cold Crank Amp (CCA)- 880; Better : Limited 3 and 4 year full replacement - not pro rata; Longer service life: 3-10 years of service life; save consumers time, money and aggravation; Longer cycle life
  • Longer shelf life: Can be stored on open circuit without the need for recharging up to 2 years or 12. 00V, whichever occurs first; Recharge: Highest recharge efficiency of any sealed lead battery on the market
  • Vibration resistance- design protects against high impact shock and mechanical vibration; Extreme temperature tolerant- Operating temperatures from -40degree Celsius (-40 degree Fahrenheit) to 80 degree Celsius (176 degree Fahrenheit)
  • Totally maintenance free: No need to add water, ever Improved safety- US Department of Transportation classified as a non-spill able battery; No acid spills, no escaping gases; Totally dry AGM design with Resealable venting system
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

Features

​This deep cycle battery comes with a new and improved warranty as well as an improved life expectancy of 3 to 10 years. It offers a strong 800 cold cranking amps and can be stored on open circuit for up to 2 years without needing to recharge. This battery boasts the highest recharge efficiency of any of the best deep cycle marine battery options on the market. This design is totally maintenance free, with no need for the consumer to add water or check the electrolyte levels. The design is also vibration resistant and protects the battery from the high impact shock and vibration of being out on a ship. The totally dry AGM design has a resealable venting system for maximum ease.

Pros

  • Life expectancy of 3 to 10 years
  • 800 cold cranking amps
  • Shelf life of 2 years without recharge
  • High recharge efficiency
  • Maintenance free design
  • Vibration resistant
  • Totally dry AGM design
  • Resealable venting system

Cons

  • Some customers have reported battery failure
  • Some customers have complained about a shorter than advertised battery life

​Warranty

​The manufacturer offers a two-year limited warranty.

VMAX XTR31-135 AGM Marine Battery 12V 135Ah GRP 31 Sealed Deep Cycle High Performance
  • 12 Volt 135Ah AGM Battery; Dimensions: 13"Lx 6.8"Wx8.7"H; Includes 8mm terminal posts; Reserve Capacity of 265 minutes
  • Maintenance Free Operation: There is no need to check specific gravity of the electrolyte or add water to VMAXTANKS. Can be mounted in any position
  • Rechargeable Sealed battery resists shocks and vibration. High performance AGM technology for long lasting reliable power
  • Warranty: 1 Year replacement; 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • TOUGH BATTERIES FOR TOUGH APPLICATIONS.

Features

​This durable option is one of the best deep cycle marine battery options available on the market. It runs on 12 volts and 135 Ah and has a massive reserve capacity of 265 minutes. It uses 8mm terminal posts and has a maintenance free operation. It can be mounted in any position and is sealed to resist shocks and vibrations. The rechargeable battery uses high performance AGM technology that improve the life expectancy and the performance.

Pros

  • Very durable shock-resistant outer protection
  • 12 volts and 135 Ah
  • Reserve capacity of 265 minutes
  • 8mm terminal posts
  • Maintenance free operation
  • Mountable in any position
  • Sealed to resist shocks
  • Heigh performance AGM technology

Cons

  • Some customers have complained about the manufacturer’s customer support services

​Warranty

​This manufacturer offers a one-year replacement guarantee.

​The Verdict

boat on the sea

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When it comes to finding the best deep cycle marine battery for your ship, two of the most important factors to consider are price and reserve capacity. If you’re looking for an affordable option for the best deep cycle marine battery, try the Interstate Batteries Sealed Lead Acid Deep Cycle Battery, the VMAXTANKS VMAX V35-857 Marine Battery, or the Universal Power Group AGM Deep Cycle VRLA Battery.


If you’re looking for a more middle-of-the-line model, try the VMAX MR127 AGM Deep Cycle Battery, the ​Battery 12 Volt 35AH Marine Deep Cycle HI Performance Battery, or the Optima Batteries 8016-103 D34M BlueTop Marine Battery. Or, if money is no object, try the VMAX XTR31-135 AGM Marine Battery, the Odyssey 34M-PC1500ST Thunder Marine Battery, Optima Batteries 8027-127 D27M BlueTop Marine Battery, or the Odyssey 31M-PC2150ST-M Thunder Marine Battery.

If you’re looking for a deep cycle marine battery that offers a large reserve capacity, there are several options that stand out. The VMAX XTR31-135 AGM Marine Battery offers a reserve capacity of 265 minutes, and the  Optima Batteries 8027-127 D27M BlueTop Marine Battery  offers 140 minutes of reserve capacity. Lastly, the Optima Batteries 8016-103 D34M BlueTop Marine Battery offers 120 minutes of reserve capacity.

And of course, there are some batteries that stand out for other reasons. The Odyssey 34M-PC1500ST Thunder Marine Battery can sit on the shelf for up to 2 years without needing a recharge to work efficiently; it also has a resealable venting system for maximum ease. The Optima Batteries 8027-127 D27M BlueTop Marine Battery uses a pure lead spiral cell design that utilizes the purest form of lead as well as solid cast cell connections for increased durability. The VMAX MR127 AGM Deep Cycle Battery works without the use of any silica gels or other contaminants.

The best deep cycle marine battery for you and your ship is out there, you just have to choose it.

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Best Weight Distribution Hitch for Balanced Sailing!

Best Weight Distribution Hitch for Balanced Sailing!

Pulling a boat can be a nerve-wracking experience if you do not have an effective hitch that maintains balance and distributes weight. In this review we set out to identify the best weight distribution hitches.

Weight distribution hitches come in a variety of styles and price ranges, so we attempted to include a wide variety of options on our review list. Think about your own needs and budget as you read our review of the best weight distribution hitches.

Product FAQ

​Why Is a Good Trailer Hitch Important?

​What Are the Types of Weight Distribution Hitches?

​What Is an Andersen Hitch?

​How Important Is My Vehicle?

​How We Reviewed

We reviewed the best weight distribution hitches based on their features, pros and cons, price range, and availability. We know that people have many different needs and preferences surrounding their hitch needs.

While one buyer needs to find the best weight distribution hitch in order to pull a fishing boat, others are looking for a hitch to pull a yacht. Some may need the best weight distribution hitch to pull a jet ski, and others may be pulling an RV or automobile.

Consequently, we attempted to create a list of products that represented different types, styles and price ranges for weight distribution hitches.

​Overall Price Range

The prices of the best weight distribution hitches we reviewed ranged from just under $200 to just under $700. We expected a wide range of prices due to the variety of products we reviewed in an attempt to meet the need of all buyers.

In general, we found the prices to align to the quality and durability of the product. A $200 hitch may get the job done, but it can be more difficult to make sharp turns. A more expensive hitch could tow the same load while offering a smoother ride and tighter turn ratios.

More expensive products also come with warranties typically longer than their less expensive counterparts. It is important for a buyer to understand the perks that are most important to their unique preferences.

They also need to consider the type of boat or other load they will be towing, the weight requirements, and the consistency with which they will be towing. If a buyer has all these variables well thought out, he or she can begin to narrow down the list of best weight distribution hitches and determine an appropriate budget.

​What We Reviewed

  • ​Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Hitch
  • ​EAZ LIFT 48056 600 Pound Elite Kit
  • ​Husky 32218 Center Line TS with Spring Bars – 800 lb
  • ​Blue Ox BXW1500 SWAYPRO Weight Distributing Hitch
  • ​Andersen Manufacturing No Sway Weight Distribution Towing Hitch
  • ​Pro Series Reese 49903 Wd Rb 1000# W/Sway
  • ​EAZ LIFT 48069 1200 Pound Elite Kit
  • ​Fastway e2 2-Point Sway Control Round Bar Hitch
  • ​CURT 17007 Black Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch
  • ​Reese Strait-Line (66074) 1
  • ​Camco Chem 48733 Wd Hitch Kit
  • ​Ultra-Fab Products 35-946236 Round Bar

Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Hitch

Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch, 90-00-1000, 10,000 Lbs Trailer Weight Rating, 1,000 Lbs Tongue Weight Rating, Weight Distribution Kit Includes Standard Hitch Shank, Ball NOT Included
  • Our Integrated 4 Point Sway Control provides the highest level of resistance to your trailer's attempts to sway. There is no other hitch on the market that offers as much sway control as the Equal-i-zer.
  • The Equal-i-zer hitch's weight distributing design effectively transfers trailer tongue weight to all the axles and helps keep the front of the tow vehicle firmly on the road.
  • The Equal-i-zer hitch gives you a safer ride by providing both sway control and weight distribution. This provides better steering, braking, and sway control, which help eliminate stressful driving situations and work to keep your family and your investment safe on the road.
  • The Equal-i-zer hitch is engineered to work with virtually all bumper-pull trailers, including RV, horse, cargo, boat, and utility trailers, including trailers with surge brakes.
  • Equal-i-zer shanks are available in a variety of sizes which provides a custom fit for virtually every receiver height.

Features

The purpose of the Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Hitch is to be sure your trailer is balanced at all times. With a 4-point sway control the hitch provides resistance to ensure your trailer does not sway.

The design is compatible with almost all bumper-pull trailers, including RVs. A custom fit provision is suitable for all receiver heights.

A distributed weight design keeps the front of the trailer steady on the road as the weight of the trailer gives balance to all axles. With two spring bars in the hitch, your vehicles will receive maximum control.

A heavy-duty American steel hitch pin and clip are easy to use and durable with easy installation for all trailer owners.

Pros

  • ​Weight distribution feature
  • ​Four-point weight control
  • ​Easy installation

Cons

  • ​The unit can be noisy on the road

​EAZ LIFT 48056 600 Pound Elite Kit

EAZ LIFT 48056 600 lbs Elite Kit, Includes Distribution, Sway Control and 2-5/16" Hitch Ball-600 lbs Tongue Weight Capacity (48056)
  • Includes 600 pound weight distributing hitch, sway control and 2-5/16"Hitch ball
  • Hitch ball and sway control ball are pre-installed and torqued to specification on adjustable ballmount
  • U-bolts and chain package are pre-installed on spring bars
  • 600 pound maximum tongue weight capacity
  • Maximum gross weight rating of 10,000 lbs

Features

​The EAZ LIFT 48056 600 Pound Elite Kit features a 600-pound weight distribution hitch with a 2-5/16-inch hitch ball. The ball is pre-installed along with the sway control feature.

The U-bolts and chain are pre-installed on spring bars to handle a maximum of 10,000 pounds. Mounting hardware is included with your purchase.

The Eaz Lift Elite trailer hitches are fabricated with engineered steels with precise drilling and forged rolled bending. They are treated in high temperature heat and oil quenched. Chrome molybdenum spring bars are known for their durability.

Pros

  • ​Pre-installed components
  • ​Mounting hardware included
  • ​Fabricated with engineered steels

Cons

  • ​Requires further adjustment to its tension

​Husky 32218 Center Line TS with
Spring Bars – 800 lb

Husky 32218 Center Line TS with Spring Bars - 800 lb. to 1,200 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity (2-5/16" Ball)
  • Combines weight distribution and sway control in a single unit - no need for additional hardware, outstanding performance - drive it and see
  • Handle can be used to hook up and remove bars, universal EZ Adjust frame brackets for easy installation and adjustment
  • None of the noise problems other WD/sway products have - it's quiet, significantly lighter weight than competing products
  • Forged and hardened steel components deliver excellent long-term durability and service, hitch ball is factory pre-installed and properly torqued
  • Gross Trailer Weight; up to 12,000 lbs.

Features

​Husky’s 32218 Center Line TS with Spring Bars is an all-around hitch suitable for nearly every trailer and RV. Made of a heavy-duty hardened steel, the hitch is durable and versatile.

Adjustments are easy with the unit’s handle, and an adjustable frame bracket makes installation a cinch. The exceptional fit means safety for the vehicle as well as the trailer.

The spring bars ensure weight distribution and provide resistance to prevent swaying. Its advanced design also makes towing much better.

Unlike some of its competitors, this product is very quiet with a hitch ball that comes installed.

Pros

  • ​Universal spring bars with sway control
    pre-installed and tempered hitch ball
  • ​Exceptional fit for safety
  • ​Handle makes adjustments easy

Cons

  • ​Though versatile, the hitch is not universal

​Blue Ox BXW1500 SWAYPRO Weight 
Distributing Hitch

Blue Ox BXW1500 SWAYPRO Weight Distributing Hitch 1500lb Tongue Weight for Standard Coupler with Clamp-On Latches
  • Pre-adjusted hitch head, no fine-tuning necessary
  • Sway Prevention
  • Spring steel constrution for a softer, smoother ride
  • No noise
  • Back up without disconnecting

Features

​Ease of use is a highlight of the Blue OX 1500 Hitch. Don’t spend time worrying about losing balance with this product’s efficient sway control

The trailer stays in line on the road thanks to even weight distribution with spring bars that keep the trailer steady.

There are no manual adjustments needed on the unit, and the hitch head is pre-installed as well as pre-adjusted. With strong steel construction this is a durable hitch.

Pros

  • ​Ease of use
  • ​Pre-adjustments
  • ​Exceptional durability

Cons

  • ​It lacks corrosion protection

​Andersen Manufacturing No Sway Weight Distribution Towing Hitch

Andersen Mfg 3350 No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch44; 4 In. Drop And Rise44; 2.31 In. Ball44; 14K44; 5 In. - 6 In. Frame.
  • Unparalleled Sway Control that self-adjusts
  • 2-5/16" ball, universal frame brackets (3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch & 6 inch) included -no extras to buy
  • One pin removal from tow vehicle
  • Grease-free system -ball and coupler move as one
  • Doubles as standard ball mount for towing without weight distribution

Features

​Andersen Manufacturing brings you the 3350 Hitch with a high-tech design that provides optimal weight distribution and a smooth ride.

It has a universal use with any vehicle and can be removed from the vehicle with a single pin.

The hitch also requires no lubrication, and the ball and coupler still move gently with no need for greasing. The anti-sway springs eliminate bouncing and add balance.
Andersen Manufacturing offers a limited lifetime warranty.

Pros

  • ​Universal compatibility
  • ​One-pin attach/detach system
  • ​Quiet operation

Cons

  • ​Replacing the hitch ball is complicated

​Pro Series Reese 49903 Wd Rb 1000# W/Sway

Reese 49913 Wd Rb Pro Series 1000# W/Sway
  • Provides everything needed to improve towing, safety and performance right out of the box
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • Preinstalled and torqued sway control ball and 2-5/16" hitch ball, u-bolts and chains
  • Fabricated head and welded hitch bar
  • Includes friction sway control and mounting hardware

Features

​Weight distribution is the calling card of the Pro Series Reese 49903. It is a perfect hitch for towing your trailer when you have a lot to load and difficulty keeping it evenly displaced.

For a balanced trailer, this Reese product is the way to go. Even sharp turns are manageable with a full load. It is combats imbalance caused by the wind.

It places no extra burden on your axles thanks to a complete weight distribution kit. It balances the weight of the trailer and the vehicle and is easy to install.

A 2-5/6-inch hitch ball is pre-installed along with a chain and U-bolts. With steel construction and impeccable balance, this Reese product is a safe and reliable hitch.

Pros

  • ​Exceptional balance and weight control
  • ​10-year limited warranty
  • ​Safety

Cons

  • ​Questionable weight hitch

​EAZ LIFT 48069 1200 lbs Elite Kit

EAZ LIFT 48069 1200 lbs Elite Kit, Includes Distribution, Sway Control and 2-5/16" Hitch Ball-1,200 lbs Tongue Weight Capacity (48069)
  • Kit Includes: 1,200 lb. weight distributing hitch, sway control and 2-5/16" hitch ball
  • Includes 1,200 pound weight distributing hitch, sway control and 2-5/16" hitch ball
  • Hitch ball and sway control ball are pre-installed and torqued to specification on adjustable ball mount
  • U-bolts and chain package are pre-installed on spring bars
  • 1,200 pound maximum tongue weight capacity

Features

​The EAZ LIFT 48069 Hitch Kit comes with high-end sway control for safety and smooth rides. It features an adjustable hitch for maximum weight distribution.

The design is unique and provides adjustability and flexibility. The spring bars are adjustable to meet your specific towing needs.

The ball mount is also adjustable. Long-lasting steel construction is durable and provides stability and safety. It comes with a 5-year warranty that is hassle-free by simply contacting the company.

Pros

  • ​Optimal balance
  • ​The kit is complete with all necessary components

Cons

  • ​Bulky ball and shank

​Fastway e2 2-Point Sway Control Round Bar Hitch

10K RB Fastway e2 2-point sway control hitch
  • The Complete Solution by offering Built-in Sway Control Without Requiring Add-on hassles
  • Sway Control and Weight Distribution in One System
  • No Backing or Turning Restrictions
  • Comes in Trunnion and Round Bar Models
  • Ten Year Warranty

Features

​The Fastway e2 is a sway control hitch that offers efficient weight distribution. An additional sway control device makes it easier than ever to back and make sharp turns.

The product’s sway bar hitch has brackets for integrated sway control. It uses steel on steel friction at two points. The spring arm sits on a metal bracket that reduces highway hops and sagging.

Pros

  • ​Integrated say control unit
  • ​Spring arm rests on bare metal bracket

Cons

  • ​Two points of friction instead of four
  • ​Noisy operation

​CURT 17007 Black Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch

10K RB Fastway e2 2-point sway control hitch
  • The Complete Solution by offering Built-in Sway Control Without Requiring Add-on hassles
  • Sway Control and Weight Distribution in One System
  • No Backing or Turning Restrictions
  • Comes in Trunnion and Round Bar Models
  • Ten Year Warranty

Features

​This Curt product is a weight distribution trailer with a round-bar hitch and a 2×2-inch shank compatible with certain trailer hitches of classes 3, 4, and 5. The durable head is made of forged steel with a powder-coat finish.

This kit comes with hook-up brackets, safety chains, pins, and clips. It handles a gross trailer weight of 14,000 pounds.

Pros

  • ​Powder coat finish
  • ​Kit with most components

Cons

  • ​There is no trailer ball in the kit

​Reese Strait-Line (66074)

Reese Strait-Line (66074) 1,200 lb Trunnion Style Weight Distribution Kit
  • This set-up is for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 600 to 1, 200 lbs. and/or a maximum of 12, 000 lbs. gross trailer weight
  • Requires hitch ball with 1¼" diameter shank - sold separately
  • Will NOT fit on trailer frames wider than 2-1/2 inches.No U-bolts to interfere with bottle racks or other A-frame mounted items
  • This product requires the use of a shank

Features

​Reese offers this weight distribution hitch that is fully self-centering and automatic. The kit does not include the hitch ball.

It comes with a high-performance, dual-cam sway control.

Pros

  • ​Fully self-centering and automatic

Cons

  • ​Kit does not include hitch ball

​Camco Chem 48733 Wd Hitch Kit

Camco Eaz-Lift ReCurve R6 Weight Distributing Hitch Kit with Adjustable Sway Control - 1000 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity |Heavy Duty and Rust Resistant Design - (48733)
  • Cutting-edge innovations, reliable design, solid value
  • Fits multiple makes and models (contact seller with your vehicle for fitment compatibility information)

Features

​The Camco Weight Distribution Hitch is an aesthetically pleasing round bar distribution kit with that comes with all the components you will need, including a hitch ball.

The Camco product is a durable product of high-quality construction. The price point is accordingly high.
This hitch has a sharp design alongside heavy-duty construction and a high tongue weight rating.

Pros

  • ​Quality construction
  • ​Kit includes all necessary components

Cons

  • ​Difficult installation

​Ultra-Fab Products 35-946236 Round Bar

Ultra-Fab Products 35-946236 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control and Hitch Ball - 1000 lb. Capacity
  • Triple Combo Ultra Weight/Sway Kit includes everything you need for towing stability and safety in one convenient package
  • Package includes: Weight Distributing Hitch (35-946226), Ultra Sway Control (35-946204) and Ultra Hitch Ball
  • Manufactures 3-Year Warranty

Features

​The Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar hitch offers a high-value combination of quality and a low price point. For buyers on a tight budget who still want a quality product, the Ultra-Fab is the way to go.

It is a bulky product, but much of the weight comes from its durable construction. It comes with a three-year warranty, though some of its high-end competitors offer up to 10. If you want to keep your price low and still get a solid product, the Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar hitch is worth a look.

Pros

  • ​Low price point
  • ​Solid construction

Cons

  • ​Very heavy
  • ​Shorter warranty than others

​The Verdict on the Best Weight Distribution Hitch

Determining the best weight distribution hitch is ultimately a subjective undertaking. The best hitch for one buyer is not the best hitch for another. The owner of the jet ski will probably not settle on the same hitch as the yacht owner.

In coming up with a verdict, we wanted to find a product that served a wide variety of purposes and would be able to service the greatest number of buyers. With that in mind we gave our official nod of approval to the Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Hitch.

Serving the primary purpose of a weight distribution hitch, the Equal-i-zer product serves keeps your trailer balanced at all times. it controls sway at four points and is compatible with nearly every bumper-pull trailer.

A weight distribution feature is efficient at keeping the trailer steady as weight is balanced across all the axels. Heavy-duty American steel hitch pins and clips are simple and durable.

We believe almost any buyer can pull off the easy installation.

​Other Options

A few other products are deserving of a thumbs-up for their ability to serve particular needs. First, the EAZ LIFT 48069 Hitch Kit offers a safety and comfort to all drivers with premium sway control.

It also comes at a lower price point than the Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Hitch. It is unique in its design with extensive adjustability and flexibility. The kit is complete with all necessary components.

The EAZ LIFT 48069 Hitch Kit is a lower priced option that still offers great quality in weight distribution and durability. its steel construction is long lasting as reflected in its a 5-year warranty.

​Finally, a word of praise is due to the Pro Series Reese 49903. In a quest for the best weight distribution hitches, the Reese product is all about balanced weight.

It combats uneven loads and strong winds, while placing no extra burden on your axels thanks to its weight distribution kit.

Most importantly, Reese offers a quality product at a low price point that still includes a 10-year limited warranty.

While we have to tried to objectively point out some noteworthy products and what makes them among the best weight distribution trailers, your choice of trailer might be different. The important thing is that you know your own needs and budget. Then you can make a wise decision for yourself as a unique individual.

We believe there is a hitch on our list for every buyer, and we hope you find yours.

Best Yacht Rental in Seattle

blue and white yacht

Boat-lovers often quip, “a boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money.” However, when the weather in the Pacific Northwest is at its peak, there's no better place to be than out on the water. Even if you aren't a boat-owner, there are lots of opportunities to get out onto the water (while leaving the cost and labor maintenance to the experts) with a yacht rental in Seattle. Whether you want to drift by the arboretum on Lake Washington, cruise through Lake Union, or get out on Puget Sound, there is no shortage of yacht rentals in Seattleto make your idea a reality.

Whether you are a Pacific Northwest native or on vacation, one of the most popular activities in the area is chartering a yacht and touring the many local attractions. Since Seattle is a very watery place — it is located on the shores of Puget Sound with Lake Union smack in the middle and Lake Washington to its east — finding a yacht in rental in Seattle is easy.

About Yacht Rental in Seattle

A vacation on a yacht likely makes you think of celebrities and billionaires frolicking in crystal clear blue water — not of your next vacation. However, if you are visiting the Pacific Northwest and want to see Seattle's landmarks from the sea, renting a yacht is no longer just for the rich and famous. Seattle's proximity to the ocean has nurtured a group of yacht rental charters and companies that offer both day excursions and week-long trips at prices the average person can afford. Most of these boats have multiple bedrooms and are well-suited for families and groups, making renting a yacht in Seattle an affordable option for any vacation.

Types of Yacht Rentals in Seattle

There are two primary types of yacht rentals you will encounter when researching different options in Seattle:

  • Companies that own the vessels
  • Brokers that match your requirements up with a yacht

One way to think about these two types of yacht rentals is staying in a hotel (or a bed-and-breakfast) or an Airbnb. Like the companies that own the vessels, you know what you will get when staying in a hotel; you pay a certain price for a room and you also know who owns the property when you book (Hilton, St. Regis, etc.). Companies that own the vessels are the equivalent of staying in a hotel because they likely have a set price structure based on what features you want.

On the flip side, yacht rental brokers act as a middleman between you and the vessel's owner — just like Airbnb does when you rent an apartment or house. While you might not know who owns the boat, yacht brokers allow for more flexibility. For example, a yacht broker might know a particular vessel isn't booked again until three days after your trip is scheduled to end. To get you to sign on the dotted line faster, they might offer you an extra day gratis as an incentive.

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How We Reviewed

To help you choose the best yacht rental in Seattle, we picked 10 of the most popular options and evaluated them based on price, the boats in their fleet, areas they travel to, and other add-on features. You'll notice that each yacht rental company caters to specific markets, such as providing Seattle visitors with sightseeing excursions, providing a 5-star experience to a couple on their honeymoon, or touring historic regions of the Pacific Northwest. All of the companies we reviewed have solid reputations, are safe, and have experienced captains and crews — it is just a matter of matching your requirements up with a similar yacht.

Overall Price Range

The cost of renting a yacht in Seattle depends on your requirements and can range from $50 to $50,000. For example, renting a 100' luxury yacht for a wedding party or corporate event will cost a lot more than splitting the cost of smaller sailboat with 10 of your closest friends. Just like renting a house or a car, adding lots of bells and whistles — or booking for longer periods of time with fewer people — will increase the final cost.

While you need to consider the cost of renting the boat itself (often called renting a "bareboat"), if you are planning for a week-long excursion and aren't an experienced sailor, you will need to hire a captain. Luxury yacht rentals often include the cost of a captain, crew, and meals, so be sure to ask prior to booking.

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We Reviewed 10 of the Best Yacht Rentals in Seattle

  • Argosy Cruises
  • Viaggio Luxury Yacht Charter
  • CedarWave Maritime Heritage Experiences
  • Sound Yacht Charters
  • Jamal Charters
  • Emerald City Party Boats
  • Lady Maribel
  • Ledger Marine Charters
  • Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters
  • Schooner Mallory Todd

Argos​y Cruises


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About the Company

Founded in 1949, Argosy Cruises offers yacht rentals in Seattlefor private parties, school trips, weddings, and other events. Argosy Cruises — often referred to as "your friend with a boat" — has a wide range of luxury yachts that can accommodate between 3 and 300 passengers. Besides providing private yacht rentals in Seattle to locals and visitors alike, Argosy Cruises also offers seven guided sightseeing tours open to the public: the Harbor Cruise, Locks Cruise, Saturday Wine Cruise, Sunday Historical Cruise, Tillicum Excursion, Evergreen Excursion, and a Lake Washington Cruise. One of the most popular options for yacht rentals in Seattle, Argosy Cruises received two Certificate of Excellence Awards from Trip Advisor (in 2014 and 2015).

Yachts in Fleet

Argosy Cruises has eight yachts in their fleet: the Salish Explorer, Spirit of Seattle, Lady Mary, Celebrations, Champagne Lady, Sightseer, Goodtimes III, and Queen's Launch.

Where to Book

Viaggio Luxury Yacht Charter


About the Company

Viaggio Luxury Yacht Charter provides week-long vacations in the Pacific Northwest waters of Seattle and Southeast Alaska. Viaggio limits the number of passengers per trip so that the captain and crew can provide an experience that is custom and unique for each guest. Established in 2008 by Captain Trigve (Trig), Viaggio Luxury Yacht Charter has a simple mission: to provide guests with an inclusive service that delivers maximum enjoyment with minimal effort (no more stressful planning while on vacation!). Vacation packages are all-inclusive and come with the crew, meals, fuel, yacht, and more, making Viaggio a great option for those looking for a luxury yacht rental in Seattle.

The Owner and Captain, Trig, has spent his maritime career working with private boat owners and providing chartered experiences to guests. Growing up around boats, Captain Trig has spent much of his life on the water — over the last five years, he has averaged 120 days at sea per year!

Yachts in Fleet

The Viaggio is a 72' motor-yacht manufactured by Hatteras in South Carolina. With a cruising speed of 8 knots, she can sleep up to six guests with an en suite master bedroom and two twin berth cabins.

Price: $$$

Where to Book

CedarWave Maritime Heritage Experiences


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About the Company

If you are searching for a yacht rental in Seattle that offers private day trip excursions for couples or small groups, CedarWave Maritime delivers unique experiences aboard classic wooden yachts. Whether you want to sightsee, take a history tour, or cruise along the breathtaking shores of Lake Washington and Puget Sound, CedarWave Maritime Heritage Experiences will help you escape crowded urban environments to relaxing on the wide open waters — just like people did a century ago.

Yachts in Fleet

CedarWave Maritime has nine traditional wooden vessels in their fleet: Allure, Corsair, Carol M, Lotus, Olympic, Virginia V, Sea Lion, Cvita, and 1959 Dunphy.

Where to Book

Sound Yacht Charters


About the Company

Established in 2016, Sound Yacht Charters offers small group tours around Lake Union, Lake Washington, Ballard Locks, and Puget Sound. Family-owned and operated, Captain Gary, a retired officer of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, steers the Kinship while Jeanette (a.k.a. "the Admiral") manages the property and all the business administration. While both have different roles in Sound Yacht Charters, sharing their love of boating with Seattle locals and visitors alike is one of their biggest passions. Whether you are looking for an afternoon on Lake Union, a private yacht rental in Seattle, or a sunset cruise with six of your closest friends, Sound Yacht Charters is excited to get you out on the water.

Yachts in Fleet

Built in 1989, the Kinship is a 52-foot Jefferson Motor Yacht. At 16′ wide, the Kinship boasts over 1,100 square feet of living space and is complete with three staterooms, three full baths, and a tub in the master stateroom, a flybridge, salon (living room), and galley (kitchen).

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Jamal Charters


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About the Company

When you step aboard the Jamal, a luxury yacht rental in Seattle, there is no limit to where you anchor. If you enjoy water sports, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling, hiking, and fishing are all available from the Jamal. Or, if you are more into fine dining and local fare, drop the crab pots or go ashore and dig up fresh clams and oysters — and get ready for the freshest seafood ever! As your day aboard the Jamal comes to a close, sit back and relax while the yacht's chef prepares a gourmet feast created especially for you. Luxurious accommodations include a large salon and a spacious sky lounge, both with wet bars. For your comfort and privacy, you can choose from two king-size staterooms and two large double staterooms, each with en suite baths.

Whether you want to tour Puget Sound, Desolation Sound, Seattle, Princess Louisa Inlet, Lake Washington, San Juan Islands, British Columbia, the Sunshine Coast, or Alaska, Jamal Charters will whisk you away—in style and luxury.

Yachts in Fleet

The Jamal is an elegantly appointed 75-foot luxury motor yacht with cruising speeds of up to 11 knots. She was built by Hatteras and designed by J. Hargrave.

Where to Book

Emerald City Party Boats


About the Company

If you are looking for a private yacht rental in Seattle to host your next event, Emerald City Party Boats offers three-hour long cruises that can include catering and fine dining, DJ parties, themed events, and dance parties. Cruise the calm waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington during the day or host an event at night and enjoy breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline. In addition to your guests being the only group on board, Emerald City Party Boats provides full bar service with professional bartenders; glass plates, saucers, stainless flatware, and linens and candles — everything you need for a party to remember.

Yachts in Fleet

The Islander is a 72-foot boat that can accommodate up to 211 passengers and the Spirit of 76 can accommodate 150 passengers.

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Lady Maribel


About the Company

The Lady Maribel offers private charters for medium-sized groups (up to 12 guests) in the Seattle area. Entertain your guests while cruising around the city or to the nearby San Juan Islands with music and video using the Lady Maribel's onboard entertainment systems. The Lady Maribel boasts four private staterooms, a full wet bar, master head with Jacuzzi tub, four-burner stove, microwave and refrigerator, and swim platform suitable for diving. Whether you native to Seattle or visiting, the Lady Maribel provides everything you need for your next corporate retreat, private event, or vacation, including airport pickup and return, an onboard menu, and seven-passenger mini-van rentals for touring the San Juan Islands.

Yachts in Fleet

Built in 1987 by Monk, the Lady Maribel is an 85-foot luxury yacht.

Where to Book

Ledger Marine Charters


About the Company

Ledger Marine Charters is a broker that has access to the largest selection of fully crewed luxury yacht rentals in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and Southeastern Alaska, allowing locals and tourists alike to experience the San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, or the scenic passage to Alaska. These vessels are manned by an expert captain and crew are available for extended "term" charters of one week or longer. Besides its long-term yacht rentals in Seattle, Ledger Marine also offers charters available by the hour or day. These vessels are a great option for wedding receptions, corporate leadership retreats, family unions, or a private sight-seeing cruise in Puget Sound. And, for those with knowledge of navigation rules and basic seamanship skills, Ledger Marie Charters offers affordable bareboat rentals so you can explore the Pacific Northwest and Canada at your own pace.

Yachts in Fleet

Established in 1947, Ledger Marine Charters has been providing charter services to inexperienced, novice, and expert individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada for over 60 years. The yachts and cruisers that Ledger Marine Charters provides services to range from 23 to 72 feet.

Where to Book

Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters


About the Company

Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters focuses on delivering a higher level of customer care, just like what you would expect at a 5-star hotel or Michelin restaurant. With 11 luxury vessels in their fleet, Pacific Northwest will help you select the best yacht for your special event or vacation. Besides vessel selection, the team at Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters will help you plan your trip so you can see everything that the Pacific Northwest offers, including Poulsbo, Whidbey Island, Puget Sound, Port Townsend, Orcas Island, Oak Harbor, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Friday Harbor, Ballard Locks, and Bainbridge Island.

Yachts in Fleet

Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters has one sailboat (a 49' Jeanneau) and 10 luxury yachts and in its fleet. The yachts include a 46' Meridian, 53' Prima, 63' Mare, 70' Monte Fino, 70' Hatteras, 75' Custom, 82' Horizon, 96' Oriana, 100' Mega, and 123' Sovereign Lady.

Where to Book

Schooner Mallory Todd


About the Company

If you are looking for a yacht rental in Seattle for trips around the city and Puget Sound, the Schooner Mallory Todd sailboat will impress and wow your guests. Choose from full-service catering (or bring your own refreshments) while you and your 30 guests enjoy the sailboat's exquisitely furnished rubbed mahogany details, antique stained glass, etched brass, and artifacts from world cruising. Porcelain fireplaces highlight the main saloon, while the great cabin features the gracious style of a bygone era. This luxury charter sailboat can be yours for a day or overnight for your own private cruise. Proceeds of private charters support founder Captain George Todd's non-profit organization, the Sailing Heritage Society, which donates boat trips to sick children and their families and caregivers.

Yachts in Fleet

Named after Captain Mallory Todd was the master on American vessels during the Revolutionary War, the Schooner Mallory Todd is a modern 65-foot sailboat. Designed for long-distance voyages, she has sailed the west coast from Mexico to Alaska for 18 years.

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The Verdict

When evaluating different yacht rentals in Seattle, it's important to consider your personal preferences and how you want to experience the trip. For example, if you are a newlywed couple that wants to spend your days taking in the scenery that surrounds Seattle and nights sipping champagne under the stars, you most likely would prefer a captain and crew that don't mind blending into the background. However, if you a recent retiree and taking a trip with a group of your friends to celebrate, you might enjoy having a more involved captain and crew that enjoy giving behind-the-scenes tours of local attractions and sharing stories with you and your friends over dinner.

Renting a yacht for your next vacation, business gathering, or special event will create memories that last a lifetime. Whether you live in Seattle and want to get out of town for a weekend or have always dreamed of touring the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska by sea, there is no shortage of options for yacht rentals in Seattle that can make your trip out on the water a reality.

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