ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Windline Boat Boarding Handle - A Sane Way To Board A Boat.

Updated on December 27, 2013

I had a very wet, very cold day, pretty scary day in January back in 2012 - I took an unexpected dip into the Chesapeake Bay - that's right. I hit the drink. The bay water was a very chilly 36 degrees on that dreary, cloudy day. Luckily for me, most of the Chesapeake Bay is very shallow so, after I found myself on the bottom of the bay, I almost immediately came sputtering up, yelling and panicking in my new Ugg boots, down parka, and other winter attire. John was incredibly swift in reaching down one hand and fishing me out of the bay. I was cold, I was pissed, and I was NEVER going to fall overboard again!

It was this rather unceremonious dip in the bay that day that set me off on a search for a decent boarding handle for the boat. Good boarding handles fit right into any standard fishing rod holder and provide just the right amount of support when getting on or off a boat. Once the boat is underway, just stow the boarding handle below, out of the way. And, there's not a tool in sight needed when installing or taking off the boarding handle. It just drops right into or lifts right out of the rod holder. Simple!

And, this boarding handle does double duty on a boat. We've used it to hold extension cords away from the side of the boat or to thread the shore power line from the dock to the boat so that it doesn't get caught.

Photo credit: All photos and the video below are my own. Please don't steal them.

The below items are a few more of our favorite things to have along on our boat trips. We currently have a sailboat and a jet ski so we have most of the toys we need!

To see more gifts for a boat owner, check out my accompanying article Handy Gifts For A New Boat Owner.

Bushnell Marine 7x50 Waterproof  Binocular
Bushnell Marine 7x50 Waterproof Binocular

Waterproof binoculars are a must on any boat.


Comments appreciated! Please let me know you stopped in.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds like a good safety feature that every boat should have.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)