Boating Tips: Tips for Picking the Right Sunglasses

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax. In this episode, Captain Nick discusses the benefits of a good pair of sunglasses for the boating life! MarineMax carries both Costa Del Mar and Maui Jim sunglasses which are two of the most well-known water-focused sunglass companies in the world. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your favorite outdoor activity.

Costa del Mar 

Costa del Mar is one of the most popular brands of boating sunglasses on the market today. They are great not only for fishing and boating, but are also great off the water as well. We offer a variety of frames and lens varieties to choose from. 

Costa Glass Lenses vs Plastic 

Glass lenses tend to be heavier and more expensive than their plastic counterparts, but they don’t scratch like plastic lenses do. In that same vein, something to be mindful of is that glass lenses can also crack and shatter. 

Costa Lens Color

There is a wide range of lens colors that you can choose from. We have knowledgeable staff that can help you select the right color for you. Here are a few popular colors and what they are good for.

  • Blue mirror - High light, deep water, offshore 
  • Green mirror - Moderate conditions, flats fishing, inshore
  • Copper/Amber - Great for everyday usage 
  • Sunrise Silver Mirror - Low light conditions
  • Maui Jim  

    Maui Jims are another MarineMax favorite that is loved by boaters, fisherman and land lovers alike, and are known for their amber lenses that perform excellently in low light conditions. Maui’s are stylish and have a rich history as one of the most popular polarized sunglasses brands both on and off the water. 

    Lens colors are available in amber, red, copper, and more. 

    Why Sunglasses Matter

    In short, they protect your eyes. You use sunscreen to protect your skin from burning, sunglasses do the same for your eyes. A day out on the water straining your eyes in the sun isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also be damaging to your sight.

    Additionally, sunglasses can protect your eyes from an angler carelessly casting their bait or lure. No one wants a hook in their eye! 

    Go Outside

    Did you know that June is Great Outdoors Month? With your new pair of Costas or Maui Jims, head outside for some outdoor fun! Don’t forget to stop by your local MarineMax store to see all we have to offer. From sunglasses to boats of all shapes and sizes, we’re here to help you enjoy the great outdoors. We’ll see you out on the water.


    You can see or hear more episodes of Boating Tips and our sister podcast, From the Helm Boating Broadcast, on The MarineMax Blog, accessible on the website or via mobile phone through the MarineMax App. You can also access more episodes on Amazon, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast news. See you out on the water! 

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