According to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard, as of 2009, there were some 12.7 million boats registered in the United States. That same year, the U.S. Forest Service reported that about 82 million Americans participated in recreational boating. This means that, when the summer months come, many people are hopping onto their boats and heading out into oceans and lakes to enjoy the summer sun. But though having a nice boat is a must for water-lovers, there are other items, like dock boxes, and dock carts, that help make boating experiences even more relaxing and enjoyable.
A dock box is a valuable item to invest in, because they allow you to store all of the items you need right near your boat. Many of them are made out of fiberglass because, in addition to featuring a nice aesthetic with clean designs and high quality finish, it is non-conductive and perfect for protecting electric equipment. Plus, fiberglass has a high strength to weight ratio and, per pound of weight, is stronger than steel. As a result, it is highly dependable and boat owners can trust that the items they store will be safe in even the most inclement weather.
One of the hassles of heading out on a boat is that you have to make sure you bring everything you need with you, since there aren’t supermarkets on the open water. If you plan on spending a day on the water, sunscreen, sandwiches, snacks, water, and, of course, a few cocktails will all be necessities. In order to get those items easily from the car to the boat, you might want to use dock carts. They are light enough to not be too cumbersome on bouncy docks, but strong enough to carry even some heavy coolers. So if you want to make sure you’re prepared, filling up a dock cart is a good idea.
Of course, in marine environments, things tend to fall in the water from time to time. It can be easy to drop items like sunglasses, wallets, cellphones, and even food — and lose them in the water. That can be particularly problematic when your hands are full and you’re trying to balance on a wavering dock. However, dock carts are able to virtually eliminate that problem altogether and their sturdy build means that they can hold all kinds of boating essentials while you navigate trembling docks on rough water.
Having a nice boat is a great luxury that millions of Americans are able to take advantage of during the warm months. But also investing in dock carts and other helpful tools is smart if you want to avoid any inconveniences associated with a day on the water.