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Boating Products for the New Year

Whether you want to enhance your Potomac River boating experience or are searching for the perfect gift for a fellow boater, there are plenty of great new boating products to choose from. The one problem you’ll face is deciding which boat accessories to buy first.

The Wharf Marina Dock Shop is jam-packed with the latest boat accessories, making it easy to find new additions for your vessel. You’ll find hundreds of boating products and accessories, from simple boat hooks to complex watermakers.

To help you narrow down your search, The Wharf Marina Dock Shop team has created this list of must-haves for your next boating adventure.

Nav Systems

Potomac River boating should be relaxing. But it’s easy to lose your way as you navigate the massive river. That’s why a modern GPS navigator should be at the top of your boat accessories wish list. The latest systems — including options like the Simrad Cruise 9 or the Garmin GPSMAP 1242xsv — offer real-time updates, detailed maps, and even weather forecasts.

A great GPS will ensure you can always find your way back to The Wharf Marina after a fun day out on the water. If you aren’t sure what GPS is the best fit for your boating habits, connect with our team and let us point you in the right direction.

Fish Finders

For angling aficionados, the new range of fish finders can help you find the best fishing holes in the Potomac. The latest generation of fish finders is equipped with sophisticated sonar technology and can provide detailed images of fish, structures, and maps of the riverbed or seabed. The Garmin ECHOMAP is a good option for those needing to save money, while the Humminbird Helix line offers a range of powerful fish finders to help you find your next big catch.

Solar-Powered Chargers

Sustainability meets convenience with solar-powered chargers. These eco-friendly gadgets ensure your devices stay charged without draining your boat’s battery. The Ship N Shore is a budget-friendly system that keeps your boat’s battery ready for action, while the Renogy flexible 200-watt panel can power your next all-day boating adventure.

Once you get back to The Wharf Marina, you can plug in and recharge for your next adventure. We have charging stations and electrical hookups at every slip and even offer higher-voltage options for larger vessels.

Boat Hooks

Old-school boat hooks (also called dock hooks) are a staple boat accessory found on most vessels. However, modern boat hooks are multifunctional, helping you dock with ease and offering item retrieval capabilities. The most versatile options even serve as a mooring aid.

For instance, you can use Crooked Creek’s telescoping boat hook to snag any items that fall overboard or guide your boat to the moorings. As another option, RS Marine’s boat loop provides a secure connection to mooring pylons so you can line up your boat on the first pass.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

If your boat isn’t equipped with a built-in sound system, waterproof Bluetooth speakers offer an economical alternative. These rugged, weather-resistant speakers bring high-quality sound to your boating adventures. You can enjoy your favorite tunes, even in the middle of the Potomac River.

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a common choice, with plenty of power to play your tunes all day long. The Gen 2 TurtleBox is even bigger, louder, and longer-lasting, providing up to 20 hours of playtime on just one charge.

LED Lighting Kits

LED lighting kits make your boat safer and add an aesthetic touch to your vessel. These lights are energy-efficient, have long life spans, and can light up your boat’s deck, cabin, or even underwater areas.

The Black Oak LED marine RBG kit is a good entry-level lighting system, but if you want to see your new lights in action before purchasing, head to Bass Pro Shops to check out their branded kits.


For the long-distance cruiser, watermakers are a game changer. These devices desalinate and purify seawater, providing you with a fresh and reliable water supply. No more worrying about running out of water during extended trips or packing dozens of bottles of water.

The SANITRON S17A is a popular choice, but the Seawater Pro — while pricier — has a much more robust filtration system.

Personalized Boat Accessories

Not every boat accessory has to be practical. There is nothing wrong with splurging on some boating products that make your vessel a bit more “you.”

When it comes to personalized accessories, there are near limitless options. You can buy engraved nameplates, custom seat covers, or even personalized welcome mats. It’s your boat, after all, so make it your own.

For smaller accessories, make sure to check out the Dock Shop at The Wharf Marina!

The Wharf Marina Dock Shop: Your One-Stop Boating Shop

There's something for every boater at The Wharf Marina Dock Shop. We have practical gadgets, boating goods, snacks, ice, fuel, and much more. Our selection can help make your Potomac River boating experience more fun and enjoyable.

If Potomac River boating is on the agenda for 2024, make sure you reserve a spot at The Wharf Marina. We have daily, weekly, and monthly rates for vessels of all sizes. Our friendly staff will provide tips to help you get more out of your stay, and we offer 24/7 security so you can enjoy peace of mind.

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