Some may call it sacrilege, but there are times on the water when I long for music. Fans of the podcast will know I enjoy eclectic acts like Old Crow Medicine Show and Or, The Whale; to me, there is no better place to rock out than in a drift boat on a slow, hot day in the summer. Because let’s face it: the fish don’t bite all the time.
I’ve been in boats with two different anglers who had this all figured out. Rather than lug around a car battery or a boombox, they got set up with some of the new portable MP3 players. The best I’ve heard (for boat use) is the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 ($149, pictured), which produces a wonderful, sweet sound and is remarkably loud for such a small device. It also has an advertised 10-hour battery life, which is more than enough to get through the slow parts of a day on the water. With a relatively small size, it’s easy to stow and keep dry through the hairy bits of the float.
Meanwhile, probably the best sound you’ll find on the market (out of a portable device, anyway) comes from the Bose SoundDock Portable ($399). The only problem I see with this bad boy is the fear of getting it wet. As a general rule, you probably shouldn’t take anything offered with a financing plan down the river, unless it’s a boat.
Would you rather be impaled on a cane pole than pollute the beauteous sounds of nature with rock music? Let us know in the Comments section!