Take our word: Bud Hitch Ball Covers will soon be on every empty ball hitch from New York to Kalamazoo. Choose the swordfish or the bass - either will make you the talk of the dock. The Bud Hitch fits both 1 7/8" and 2" balls securely. Price: $10 each. Contact Cipa-USA at 810/982-3555.
Lay those lures anywhere and a treble will stick somewhere it shouldn't. Why not put them in their proper place - right next to your beer can? The Drink Holder by Boatmates can hold your favorite beverage, a couple of lures, and a pair of pliers or sunglasses. It mounts vertically or on a flat surface. Price: $7. Contact Boatmates at 877/278-6948, www.boatmates.com.
There's no need to scour the beaches looking for rocks and sticks big enough to tie up to. Get yourself a Sandspike. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, this 16-ounce stake can hold vessels up to 24' and won't ever rust. Just drive it into some sand and spend the afternoon frolicking on land. It comes in seven different colors. Price: $29.95. Contact Sandspike at www.sandspike.com.
Can you smell the baitwell from your berth? Don't be disgusted any longer. Try some Iosso Bait Well & Fish Box Cleaner. Four ounces of this nontoxic cleaner will make two gallons of cleaning solution and eliminates odors. Price: $5.45. Contact Iosso at 847/437-8400, www.iosso.com.
Bloop! That sound doesn't ring sweetly in the ear of a boater, especially if it's made by a wallet or keyring as it descends toward a sandy bottom. Avoid that sinking sensation by keeping all your valuables in a Water Pack from L.L. Bean. At 12 ounces, this two-pocket water-resistant pack won't overload or cramp your style. And it has a nifty water bottle holster to boot. Price: $29. Contact L.L. Bean at 800/441-5713, www.llbean.com.
LIGHT MY FIRE
How many boaters does it take to change an LED? None. LED technology means the bulbs never need to be changed, so say goodbye to your old Boy Scout flashlight. On its high power setting CMG's Bonfire LED Tent Light burns for 18 hours with two AA batteries. Weighing in at three ounces, this lightweight light is durable and weatherproof. Price: $22. Contact CMG at 888/699-0622, www.cmgequipment.com.
FLASH IN THE PAN
Would-be thieves will think twice before targeting your boat if they see a flashing red light at the helm. DashFlash Extra is a 12-volt rechargeable flashlight with a blinking red LED that plugs into the cigarette lighter. The light shines for 1 1/2 hours when the unit is fully charged. Price: $14. Contact Innovation House at 519/344-4071, www.innovationhouse.com.