A good pair of marine binoculars is one of the most important (and useful) safety products you should have aboard your boat.
Ideally, each person on board should have their own pair, adjusted for their personal use. It never hurts to have extra eyes looking for navigation aids or at approaching obstructions.
Here are the basics to look for when purchasing marine binoculars:
- They should be waterproof (or at least water resistant) so they don’t fog up or get condensation inside which makes viewing difficult. Weems & Plath binoculars are filled with dry Argon gas to keep the inside dry.
- They should be rubber coated so they don’t slip off of surfaces, giving them more protection when (not if – it WILL happen) they get banged around. Of course, it’s never good for binoculars to be dropped, so keep them in a secure place when not in use.
- Some binocular models incorporate a range finder reticle and compass, such as our BN20C.
- A padded neck strap and soft case for storage (included with W&P products) are a bonus when you are buying binoculars.
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Written by Cathie Trogdon