A good pair of marine binoculars belongs on every boat, but when getting a new pair you’ll have to choose between things like image stabilization or analog, and with or without a built-in compass and/or rangefinder. Join us in this short video while we take a look at the key features of marine binoculars, and what you should consider when it’s time to replace yours.


Sure, there’s more to consider about marine binoculars, and if you’re ready to get deeper into detail we’d recommend reading The Best Binoculars on Boats: Alpen vs. Bushnell vs. Canon vs. Fujinon vs. Nikon. In this article we compare and contrast the strong points and the down-sides to the top marine offerings—which we tested out on the water for extended periods of time—from these companies.

What if you’re interested in extending your visual acuity in complete darkness? In that case, you should check out our Gear Review of the Flir Ocean Scout 320, a night-vision monocular that uses forward-looking infra-red to give you the ability to see everything from channel markers to MOBs in the inky blackness. And if maximizing your visual range is the goal, take a look at Marine Electronics 101: How to Use Radar and Boating Tips: 3 Tips for Reading Radar. Taken together, these articles and videos will open your eyes to the latest and greatest way to extend your vision on the water. But you don’t have to take our word for it, check it all out for yourself—because seeing is believing.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.