Finding the best marine boat cooler to keep your drinks and snacks cold and fresh can be a challenge. Our guide make the decision easy.
There is a variety of makes and models to choose from. The technology for keeping things cool and fresh has improved radically in the past few years. This guide will help you make the best choice for your boat and your pocket.
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When it comes to boat coolers, the Pelican Progear Elite is in a class of its own. At a temperature of 32 celcius (90 degrees farenheight), it can keep items cool for up to 10 days!
The cooler has been fitted with freezer quality parts and gaskets to ensure it stays cooler for longer.
Pelican Progear Elite Cooler is available in multiple colours and sizes ranging from 35 to 150 quarts
With its unique latch system, the lid is securely sealed at all times, whiles still begin easily operated, even with gloves on.
When its time to drain the cooler, no tipping or tilting is needed. Remove the drain plugs and wait.
With a retro moulded design this cooler is built for heavy-duty marine use.
This unit is capable of maintaining things cool for up to 10 days, making it perfect for long distance trips with friends and family.
It has extendable handles with Flexi grip, making it easy to carry solo with two people. It also has an added cargo net for additional storage.
With a non-slip coating and holes where straps can be put through, keeping the cooler in place in rougher weather is simple and safe.
This is a decent-sized, yet compact cooler bag from Igloo. It is capable of carrying 24 cans of beer or cool drinks. It has additional pockets for maps, sunglasses, plates napkins and other sundries too.
The cooler features an antimildue finish and is leak-resistant, it can also stand up to harsh sunlight and has anti-slip feet so won’t slide about if the deck gets wet.
The cooler bag is capable of keeping items cool for up to 14 hours, perfect for kayaking or fishing expeditions.
YETI is a reliable brand and put some good thought into their products. The Tundra 45 is no exception.
This cooler is made with adventure in mind and is practically indestructible. Perfect for use in motorboats where the bumps and waves make the adventure even better
It’s Rotomolded polyethylene design give it 3 inches of insulation, (1 inch more than usual). This adds to its overall performance and durability.
This is a superb low cost, quality cooler, perfect for day trips on and off the water.
The cooler has excellent insulation and seals giving its its superb ice rating of 4 days.
Its steel body means it is durable and able to withstand the occasional bump, scrape and tumble that can come as a result of being on the water.
The cooler can also be used as an additional seat, being able to support a weight of up to 250 lbs
Not all marine boat coolers are created equal You need to make sure the cooler you buy is suited not only to your needs but those of your boat.
Decide what capacity your cooler needs to be. If you are mainly going to use it for day trips and the storage of cold drink, getting a massive cooler is a waster of space and money.
If you want to use it to store fish you catch on your trip, you will need to make sure you have a separate cooler for food and drinks. Keeping the two together is not a good idea.
If you are expecting to do multi day, adventures then I would suggest you decide what you need for one day and triple the storage space. An alternative is to only buy one cooler for single-day trips and then buy a second cooler for the extra days when you need it.
Pay close attention to the quality of the cooler’s lid and its seals, not so much on the price. Just because a cooler cost more doesn’t mean that the extra money is going on the quality of its most important parts.
The seals and lid are what will keep the cold air in and ensure the inside of your box remains cooler for longer. YOu can have the best insulation in the world inside, but if the ambient air is allowed to get in and the cold air escapes, you are losing an expensive battle.
The better a cooler is insulated the longer it will remain cool for. Technology has progressed a long way in this reset and some coolers can keep cool for more than five days. Bare in mind that this is where a large portion of the cost of a cooler goes. The rule of thumb is, the longer a cooler can keep cool the more expensive it usually is.
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