Protection For And From Your Prop
By Michael Vatalaro
The Prop Glove is the brainchild of BoatUS members Beth and Jeff Switzer, who were trying to find a way to cover the sharp edges of their trimmed-up outboard when the kids were swimming off the transom. The result is a padded, wrap around "glove" that covers the lower-unit, made of waterproof, mold-, UV-, and mildew-resistant fabric over closed-cell foam. The Prop Glove zips on and off on the lower unit in around 30 seconds. While the Switzer's goal was safety, many customers report buying the Prop Glove to protect their motor and prop from the elements or road hazards from trailering. Made in South Carolina, the Prop Glove starts at $239. www.PropGlove.com
A Dry Bag That's Not A Drag
A dry bag is a great way of protecting important personal stuff on those choppy, wet days, but most are designed for whitewater rafting or kayaking and built of heavy, rubberized cloth. Coghlan's Dry Bags are made from lightweight, rip-stop material that's urethane-coated, making it waterproof. They fold down compactly for easy storage when not in use. They'll keep your stuff protected from the splashes and spray, but aren't intended for full submersion. Available in 10-, 25-, and 55-liter sizes. From $3.99 | www.amazon.com/Coghlans-Lightweight-Dry-Bag/dp/B0062HJ970
Launching your hard-bottomed dinghy or inflatable from shore is easier if it rolls. Wheel-a-Weigh Launching Wheels from Davis Instruments mount in tracks permanently installed on the transom of your dinghy. The wheels lock in the down position for transporting on land, and lock in the up position once you're in the water. Constructed of anodized marine aluminum and stainless steel with injection molded wheels and double, hard-rubber tires, Wheel-a-Weigh can handle 250 lbs. on hard surfaces or 100 lbs. in soft sand. An extra-capacity version with pneumatic tires can handle 300 lbs. on hard surfaces or 200 lbs. in soft sand. From $127.99.
Dizzy Does It
Just when you think that towable manufacturers have run out of new ideas, SportsStuff comes up with wild new designs to keep the kids happy behind the boat this summer. The Airhead Revolution is a two-person towable that spins 360 degrees, complete with fins and straps that give you just enough purchase to keep from being thrown off by centrifugal force. If you don't want to spin, there is a "no-spin" strap that will keep you facing the back of the boat. $369.99. The Poparazzi has a curved wing shape that lets the rider carve into turns and lift over the wake. The multi-rider towable will also let you stand or kneel in the back. $479.99 www.SportsStuff.com
In every issue of BoatUS Trailering Magazine, we introduce you to great trailer-related products and we welcome your contributions. Contact our editorial office at Magazine@BoatUS.com and tell us about the gear you think works best.
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