The Windline Boat Boarding Handle - A Sane Way To Board A Boat.
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.
Waterproof binoculars are a must on any boat.