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Fall Powerboat Cruising

Get your boat ready with the right gear and prepare yourself with the knowledge you need to ensure a safe yet thrilling voyage. Choose from boating’s best selection of hardware, safety gear, electronics and more to make your cruise a success. Navigating these pages, you will also find helpful West Advisor Articles, expert tips and informative videos to keep you on course.

Safety Gear for Cruising

Gain peace of mind and help secure your crew’s safety with the latest in life jackets, life rafts, rescue beacons and more. While shopping, take advantage of this handy video and checklist for a rundown on all the safety equipment you’ll need for your adventure.

Life Rafts—an Offshore Must

Essential equipment that you hopefully will never have to use, West Marine offers a wide selection of life rafts. For help with selecting a life raft that is right for your boat, see our helpful West Advisor Selecting a Life Raft.

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Set Out with the Right Tech for Cruising

Navigate with precision and stay in touch with other boats (and folks back home) with the latest in communication devices, chart plotters, radar, autopilots and more. Select the right autopilot for reliable course keeping and learn about radar technology here.

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Navigate with Confidence

Build a library of cruising guides, paper and electronic charts with the knowledge you need to traverse the waters you plan to cruise. Need a compass? We've got them too!

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Gear up for when you get there!

Safe & Secure Anchoring

Select anchoring gear that meets the unique challenges of dropping anchor into the varying seabed.

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The Right Tender

Transport crew and supplies from your boat to shore and back with a tender that is right for your budget and your boat.

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Shop the maintenance supplies you need and confirm that your boat is ready for the open ocean.

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Optimize engine performance with boating's best selection of engine parts.

Shop Engine Systems

Boat Engine Parts Selector

Finding the right part has never been easier.


Before you cast off, we suggest that you inspect and double-check that all of your boat’s plumbing systems are in working order.

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Power Solutions

Whether at dock or at sea, our first-rate selection of batteries, battery chargers, inverters, shore power items and more will certainly meet all of your boat’s electrical needs.

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Marine Appliances

Enjoy all the conveniences of home with marine stoves, refrigeration and more.

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Prepare for power outages wherever you are with an AC generator.

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Stay Warm & Dry

Zip yourself into the right foul weather gear and technical apparel with the features you need to conquer whatever conditions you face.

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Shoes & Boots

Shoes & Boots

Men’s Sunglasses

Shop Men’s Sunglasses

Women’s Sunglasses

Shop Women’s Sunglasses

Travel Gear

Stow apparel and gear right with the latest in duffels, packs and more.

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Let the Pros do it for you!

Rigging Service 1 (888) 447-7444

Our master riggers are ready to help with all your rigging needs. Whether you require mooring bridles or anchoring and docking solutions, you’ll enjoy easy ordering, guaranteed quality and fast, reliable service.

We’re here to serve you at any of these nearby Rigging Shops

Advice & Articles

Suggested Cruising Gear

Going cruising and leaving the dry-land world behind for weeks, months or years, is a lifetime opportunity. Outfitting your boat right is critical to passagemaking that is both safe and fun.


Sizing Your House Battery Bank

If you are going off the grid, knowing your energy consumption is very useful. If you are planning a long cruise, you need to know, with a high level of detail, exactly how much electricity each appliance or electrical load is using.


Selecting an Alternator

We see customers looking for an alternator for two reasons Direct replacement for a factory-installed automotive-type OEM alternator or uppgrading your charging system to replace your automobile-style alternator with a larger, higher-capacity alternator.


Selecting an Anchor Windlass

Windlasses can be DIY-installed by a boat owner with intermediate mechanical and electrical skills. Your choice of the right windlass depends on your style and size of boat, anticipated anchoring conditions, and the weight/type of ground tackle


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BoatU.S. Marine Insurance Program

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