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Bungee Docklines – A Perfect Docking Rope

Bungee docklines are a great addition to any boat’s docking supplies as they absorb shock beautifully. Each bungee expands and contracts as needed to keep the boat securely docked to a cleat, pylon, or mooring buoy.

These particular bungee docklines come in 3 sizes – 4, 5, or 6 foot. If in doubt about which size dock line to buy, always go for the longer size (bigger, in this case, is better….) as you can always make it shorter just by wrapping it around the cleat or whatever.

Customer reviewers do comment on the fact that the spliced loop might be too small to stretch across larger dock pylons but work perfectly with cleats or smaller dock posts. We’ve never had a problem attaching them to any dock whatsoever.

We use these bungee lines on our jet ski and they work perfectly. You can’t go wrong by adding a few to your boat’s docking supplies:

 AIRHEAD AHDL-4 Bungee Dockline 4 FeetCheck Price AIRHEAD AHDL-5 Bungee Dockline 5 FeetCheck Price AIRHEAD AHDL-6 Bungee Dockline 6 FeetCheck Price

Mesh Beach Bags And Beach Totes

mesh beach bagStrictly by accident, I wandered across a bright orange mesh beach bag at a local chain store – that one you see there to the left. It is hideous, I tell ‘ya….Hideous. It is so orange that it was ridiculous.

Little did I realize that, when I bought that orange mesh beach bag for the offered price of $5, I would just fall in love with the thing. It is the BEST beach bag ever, if you ask me.

I love that a mesh beach bag (yours doesn’t have to be orange), shows and tells all. If I’m looking for my suntan lotion, a quick twirl of the bag will show me exactly where I have to go to get it. There’s no shoving stuff around inside in the dark – nope, a mesh beach bag bares all.

I also love that sand goes right through the thing. A few shakes at the end of beach day and we’re good to go.

So,  here’s some nice mesh beach bags on Amazon.com and a few other choices too.

 Deluxe Oversized Mesh Family Beach Tote / BagCheck Price Transparent Tropical Beach Body Mesh Tote Bag (Blue) by BAGS FOR LESSTMCheck Price Mesh Family Beach Tote – Black Whale Bag w Black Carabiner Hook by Saltwater CanvasCheck Price Getagadget Huge See-Thru Mesh Beach Tote Bag One Size PinkCheck Price Mesh Beach Tote Bag Black – Good for the Beach – 20 in X 15 in X 5½ InCheck Price

Here’s some more traditional beach bags:

 Coach NWT Beach Scene File Bag Shoulder & Crossbody Blue and Multi Colored 30023Check Price Dooney & Bourke Clear IT Large Shopper Beach Bag Purse Tote Black MultiCheck Price Water Resistant Beach Bag with Inside Lining and Easy to Carry Top Handle – 22Check Price Chevron Print Beach Shopper Tote Bag (Orange & White)Check Price Oversized Summer Striped Canvas Beach Tote Bag – W5Check Price Dakine Women’s Havana Beach Bag, Coraz, 26-LiterCheck Price Promithi Women Handbags Shopping Shoulder Bags Ladies Designer Beach Travel Totes (purple)Check Price Picnic at Ascot Beach Day Collection Small Insulated Tote Bag in Flip Flop CottonCheck Price

Waterproof Cases (Phones, MP3, Tablets, etc)

waterproof case

Waterproof cases are a staple in our lives now.

John and I always seem to get wet when on the boat, even when that’s not our intention – like the time I accidentally went swimming with the fishes in 38 degree Chesapeake Bay water. I sure wish I’d had one of these DryPak waterproof cell phone cases shown below on that very chilly swim as it would have saved me the price of a new iPhone – sigh.

Waterproof cases work incredibly well to protect almost any electrical device from dirt, sand, or water. They’re tried and true and have even been snorkeling for hours with me. You can even use your phone, camera, or MP3 player while you’re in your local pool or enjoying an summer outing on the lake. And, never worry again about leaving your passport unprotected on a beach while you enjoy a dip – just take it with you!

Here’s the best of the DryPak cases on the market. These are excellent gifts, especially for your favorite fisherman or anyone who likes to get their feet wet.

Waterproof Wallets:

 DRY PAK DP-44 Alligator Waterproof WalletCheck Price WITZ See it Safe Waterproof ID/Badge Holder Case, ClearCheck Price Aqua-Quest ‘The Continental’ Waterproof Wallet Travel Pouch – Black ModelCheck Price DRY PAK DP-65 Waterproof Case 6 Inch x 5 InchCheck Price Pelican Crushproof/Water Resistant Rigid Sports WalletCheck Price Aquapac Keymaster AQP-608 Waterproof WalletCheck Price

 

Waterproof Cell Phone Holders:

 iPhone 5 DryPak Floating Waterproof Phone Holder Case with Lanyard and Belt ClipCheck Price DRY PAK DP-46 Cell Phone, GPS, MP3 Waterproof Case, BlueCheck Price Dry Pak DP-46W WhiteCheck Price Kwik Tek Dry Pak Cell Phone Case 4 In. X 6 In.Check Price Dry Pak DP-58W White/Gray 5Check Price Flip Phone Case by Dry Pak. 02083580Check Price

 

 

Waterproof Tablet Cases. Of course, you can store anything you choose in one of these waterproof cases, like a passport, your wallet, etc. Just make sure that the waterproof case you select is 1) the correct size for your tablet or items and 2) supports the depth that you plan on reaching. Some of these cases only protect in shallow water for that 3 foot deep snorkel trip and some will go much deeper, like the 100 foot Scuba trip you’re planning.

 OverBoard Waterproof iPad Case, BlackCheck Price Pyle PWSIC30 Universal Waterproof Sport Case with Headphone Jack for all iPads, Tablet PCs and eReadersCheck Price Chromo Inc. Waterproof Case For All Apple iPads – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch And Other Like Sized Tablets – BlackCheck Price SANOXY® Waterproof Case Bag for 10.1 Tablet. Certified up to 100 feet (30 meters)Check Price TechCare Waterproof Pouch Case for Mini Devices (up to 7″)Check Price Professional PVC Waterproof Case for iPad 2/3 or Similar Size Tablets Includes Waterproof Earhook Headsets (Black)Check Price

Waterproof MP3 Cases

 QQ-Tech® Audio Waterproof Case Bag for iPhone with Built in Headphone AdapterCheck Price Lewis N. Clark WaterSeals standard Waterproof MP3 or IPOD pouchCheck Price FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case With Waterproof External Earphone/ Accessory Jack and Armband for Apple iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, HTC One X, Galaxy Note 2 – IPX8 Certified to 100 FeetCheck Price DRY PAK DP-46 Cell Phone, GPS, MP3 Waterproof Case, BlueCheck Price Eco Pod Rugged and Waterproof Case for MP3 players and Smartphones including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy 3Check Price Waterproof Bag Case and Earphones For iPod iPhone 4Check Price

Unbreakable Melamine Trays

melamine boating trayA perfect gift for a new boat owner is one of these unbreakable melamine trays. They’re the perfect thing to use when serving up cheese and crackers for hor d’oeuvres, or steaming bowls of oatmeal on those mornings after you’ve anchored out.

Melamine trays will never chip or break like acrylic tray may. I really like the two handled variety as it’s easier to hand the trays to another person top side when one is below in the galley (how do I always get stuck down there?).

All of these melamine trays are dishwasher safe, and, I mean that. I’ve put mine through the dishwasher time and time again and it’s still as bright and colorful as the day I bought it.

 Serving Tray Melamine Plastic with Handles 22 Inches By 15 Inches Palms IslandCheck Price Zak Designs 19-1/2-Inch by 11-1/2-Inch Large Rectangular Tray, BlackCheck Price Melamine Large Plastic Serving Tray with Handles 22 x 15 MagnoliaCheck Price Serving Tray Melamine Plastic with Handles 22 Inches By 15 Inches Palms IslandCheck Price Lolita Love My Party Leopard 15 by 6-1/2-Inch Melamine Hostess TrayCheck Price

Towel Clips

boating flamingo clipI found these adorable towel clips right before we took our last cruise. The things work like a charm not only to hold the beach towel to the chaise, but, it’s also so easy to find which chair is yours! And, in a sea of pool chaises (pun intended), that’s no easy feat! I also got lots and lots of comments on them with people wanting to know where I found them.

The truth is that I found those towel clips in the bin at a dollar store! Yep, I totally lucked out. Since I doubt you’ll have the same luck (although do look…), here they are on amazon.com. I was very surprised to see how many different characters of towel clips there are. Next up for me are those cute flip flops.

 Boca Beach Towel Clips FlamingoCheck Price Boca Clips 2-pc. Flip Flop Beach Towel Clip Set MulticolorCheck Price Boca Beach Towel Clips ParrotCheck Price Boca Beach Towel Clips Angry Birds YellowCheck Price Boca Beach Towel Clips (Set of 2) – Towels Stay Neatly and Firmly in Place – WhalesCheck Price Boca Beach Towel Clips Hello Kitty with Surfboard Set of 2Check Price Boca Clips Blue & White Dolphin, beach Towel HolderCheck Price

 

Good Quality Plastic Wine Glasses

plastic wine glassGlass and boats don’t mix as there are often bare feet (mine!) running around – not a good thing around glass shards. We always bring sodas and cocktails in cans whenever possible but, when it comes to wine, a box just doesn’t sound right. Don’t get me wrong – studies are showing that box wine, in some cases, is better quality than bottled wine, but, for me, I like a good bottle of chardonnay.  So, for those times when we’re anchored out for the evening, a set of lobsters on the grill, we like to bring out our very good quality plastic wine glasses.

The reason we have very good quality plastic wine glasses is because I’m a snob. There. I’ve said it.

The better quality glasses are made of polycarbonate have a better weight and feel. They also do not break at the stem if dropped…repeatedly. Cheaper quality wine glasses made of acrylic just don’t hold up as well. So, I’ve found that paying a bit more for a better quality wine glass is worth it in the long run.

Word of caution: never wash any plastic glasses with a scrubby side of a sponge – you’ll get a nasty scratching pattern. Word of experience speaking here….

 LeadingWare Group Indoor/Outdoor Chardonnay Wine Glasses, Set of 4Check Price Indoor/Outdoor Pinot Noir Wine Glasses -Set of 4Check Price Polycarbonate Cabernet, Wine Glasses Set of 4Check Price Wine Enthusiast Indoor/Outdoor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4Check Price

These wine glasses are just plain fun. And, they do keep wine at the right temperature for longer:

 Vino Luxe Stemless Wine Tumbler Set of 2 with Frost White LidCheck Price Vino Luxe 10 oz Insulated Wine Tumbler – Merlot and Verde 2 PackCheck Price Vino Luxe Stemless Wine Tumbler Set of 2 with Merlot LidCheck Price

 

Boat Coasters

boating coastersFor those of us who love to relax on our boats, the best times are times spent with friends, having a nice cocktail and serving some appetizers.

Summer afternoons find John and I doing just that, on the Chesapeake Bay. After we anchor, out comes a nice bottle of wine followed by cheese and crackers. In order to keep the teak surface of the boat protected, we have a nice set of boat coasters that you see there in the picture above. Our boat coasters always grab attention – loads of people have asked us where we bought them. The truth is, we don’t remember! But, what we do know is that these coasters are made of teak and have held up through 6 years of fairly intensive use.

Since we don’t know where we got our own boat coasters, I’ve searched Amazon.com and found a few nice sets suitable for any boat; they’d even look great in a living room on land. Click on any picture to see more information.

 Wooden Boats Drink CoastersCheck Price Life is Good Fleur De Lis Car Boat Truck Coasters Set of 2 Carsters ThirstystoneCheck Price Thirstystone Marble Mosaic Coaster SetCheck Price Cinnabar Sandstone CoastersCheck Price Impressions Square Scroll Brown Wrought Iron Coaster Holder – Style H50Check Price Naturals Cinnabar Coaster (Set of 4)Check Price Genuine Teak Coasters – Set of 4 Large Real Wood CoastersCheck Price Hindostone Set of 4 Mosaic Shells CoastersCheck Price CounterArt Leaf Collage Design Round Absorbent Coasters in Wooden Holder, Set of 4Check Price

 

Telescoping Boat Hooks

My job, as first mate, is to be on the bow of the boat when we leave our slip or come back into port. I’m in charge of catching or stowing the bow lines with my trusty telescoping boat hook – that’s right, I’m that important! Personally, I think John gave me this job simply to keep me out of his way on the stern.

One of the challenges I face in my important position is putting the docking lines back on the piling hook when we leave the marina – floating lines are a definite no-no as they can easily foul a propeller. So, I have to be pretty meticulous in wrapping the line on the pilon. There’s no way I could do this without my trusty telescoping boat hook.

We have the Garelick 12-Feet Telescoping Boat Hook. I like this particular boat hook as it just seems sturdier than the others we’ve had in the past. If we decide to anchor out, it makes catching a mooring buoy a breeze.

As an aside, I’ve been known to be pretty handy with my telescoping boat hook, especially when fishing things like nets, shoes, or small dogs out of the drink….

 Garelick 12-Feet Telescoping Boat HookCheck Price Telescoping Boat HookCheck Price Telescoping Paddle With Boat HookCheck Price Shurhold 130 Boat HookCheck Price

Boat Cup Holders

 Shoreline Marine Drink/Mug Holder C/P BrassCheck Price

There never seems to be a cup holder on a boat where you need it. We have built in cup holders in the boat cockpit, and, that’s fine if we’re underway, but, once we stop for fishing or just relaxing, there’s nowhere to put our refreshments.

I surprised John with 2 of those Shoreline Marine Drink Holder you see above. I originally liked them because they were in brass and were classy looking. I fell in love with them though when we were on a particularly rough bay – these cup holders are on swivels so, even through the boat was rocking and rolling with each wave, our drinks were safe and sound there in front of us.

 The Incredible Spill NotCheck Price

And then there’s this very cool cup holder, the Incredible Spill Not. The thing is really magical. So far, we’ve never lost a drink. This cup holder works by swiveling and leveling itself automatically. It’s even fun to watch.

Here’s a few other decent boat cup holders for your consideration:

 BoatMates 2150 Drink Holder, WhiteCheck Price American Technology CH-00100-BLK-1 THE MUGGER Black HD Folding Cup HolderCheck Price Universal Drink Holder – Holds Everything!Check Price

Captain’s Hats

I love a man in uniform and, even if John is in a swimsuit, a captain’s hat on his head is enough for me! And, deep down secretly, every boat owner wants their own captain’s hat. After all, Skipper on Gilligan’s Island always sported his.

Every boat captain should have his or her own hat, don’t you think? Captain’s hats also serve a purpose – they can keep a balding head from getting sunburnt….

 Adjustable Cotton Yacht Emblem Captain Hat (White)Check Price Classic Nautical Captain’s Hat by Dorfman Pacific (Navy)Check Price Adjustable Captain Hats-White W39S25CCheck Price Captain HatCheck Price