There are tough coolers and then there’s the Yeti. You may have seen the promotional videos in West Marine — you know, the ones in which a 500-pound hulk of a man or a grizzly bear tries to break the cooler. Neither can. Constructed from roto-molded polyethylene (the stuff used to make white-water kayaks), these coolers can bounce around in your boat’s cockpit in large seas without issue (but be careful opening those carbonated beverages). Two inches of insulation around the body, 3 inches on top and a full-frame gasket sealing the lid keep your contents frosty. Built-in handles allow for convenient carrying, while a nonskid base and a built-in tie-down system keep the cooler in place in snotty seas. Sizes from 7.2- to 100-gallon capacity ($299 to $1,400) ensure that you’ll find the right cooler for your boat.
This article first appeared in the March 2014 issue of Yachting Magazine.
Yeti Coolers, 512-394-9384; yeticoolers.com