The more time I spend in my boat, the more I realize that it's the little things that lend to an enjoyable boating experience. For example: the transom tie-downs that attach a boat to its trailer.
The Boatbuckle is a retractable transom tie-down system, which is completely self-storing, and compact.
My boat is fairly mature (old) so of course the tie-down straps are, too. They have an uncanny knack of coming loose when I'm driving down the road, but that's not the worst part. The nylon straps are old and worn and they don't tighten easily like they're supposed to. So I have to keep taking them off and manually feeding the straps through the mechanism until I have it just right. This is absolutely no fun -- especially after a long day on the water.
To cure my woes, I checked out a set of Boatbuckles. The set costs $58.99, but they're well worth the price if you like your trailering time at the boat ramp to be as speedy as possible.
The Boatbuckle is a retractable transom tie-down system, which is completely self-storing, and compact. They are very easy to install, with only one bolt per Boatbuckle, and it's even easier to use.
To hook it up to your boat, all you have to do is grab the retracted strap by the hook and attach it to your boat's U-bolt. Then use the one-handed snugging ratchet to tighten it up. To detach, all you do is loosen the strap, unhook it and push a button. The Boatbuckle will automatically retract into its compact casing.
I know, it sounds like a very simple product -- but it's a very handy device for boaters. It makes trailering a lot easier, since you don't have to mess with cranky old tie-downs, and you don't have to worry about someone stealing one out of the back of your truck. It's also very durable -- the hook comes with protective plastic coating that won't mar surfaces, and the system is submersible and water resistant.
If you're a serious fisherman, or recreational boater, I would highly recommend you check out the Boatbuckle. They may not make your boat go faster, or help you catch more fish -- but they do wonders to relieve those boat-ramp headaches.