Boat Gear Reviews

Here at Agent Water, our central mission is to do the boring legwork so that you do not need to.  A big part of that mission is looking into, researching, and, when necessary, picking up and testing out equipment.  While we expect this list to grow and change over time, We will focus on tools that are truly marine-only in their creation.  From Marine GPS’s, Marine Radios (hand held and installed), Lines (not rope), Fenders, deck paint, hull paint, life jackets, engine oils, propellers and more.  Our goal is to help you make the best decision you can, and simplify the back office work to allow you to spend more time on the water, and planning for your next journey.

Check out our reviews so far! 

Chartplotters and Fish-Finders

If you need a hand getting to where you’re going, and want to catch some fish when you get there, this is the section for you.

Inflatable Life Jackets

How safe are inflatable life jackets? And what advantages do they have over traditional life vests? We looked at several popular models of inflatable PFDs to see how they measure up.

Traditional Life Jackets

These PFDs are the ones you grew up with: the vests that clamp around your body and make you feel a little bit like the Michelin Man. These vests run from very cheap, to mildly expensive (though it’s hard to find traditional life jackets as pricey as the inflatable kind).

Handheld VHF Radios

Great as backup radios for larger boats, or as primary radios for kayaks, canoes, and Jet Skis. No matter what type of boat you use, having a radio is a necessity.

VHF Radios (Fixed)

On the water, as in relationships, communication is important. These units will affix directly to your boat. That makes them great for cruising vessels and larger fishing boats, but less useful in, say, a kayak.

For companies looking for us to do a product review please contact us at  Please note that our reviews are independent, and that we reserve the right to be critical when we believe it is important for our members to know that we feel that way.  Additionally, some product reviews (especially the next group that is about to be rolled out) will contain videos.

Many of the links in our reviews are Affiliate links. We may receive a small commission if you choose to buy through these links (which will not affect the price of your purchase!). In addition, we take our reputation seriously and the accuracy of our reviews is of paramount importance to us. If we can guide you towards a less-expensive option, we will gladly do so! As always, feel free to contact us directly at with any questions, or for more specific advice on gear.

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