Windline Boarding Handles provide a solid hand support when boarding vessels and can easily be removed before getting underway. These boarding handles are made of heavy duty electro-polished stainless steel and are designed to fit directly into standard 30 degree flush mount fishing rod holders.
Handles features quick release faspins to disassemble for compact stowage. Windline handles can also be used to keep shore power or hoses safely off the deck where they can easily be tripped over or knocked into the water.
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Can this be placed in any rod holder? Looking for something to help enter/exit boat from the side at floating dock. Have mobility issues and need help on and off boat.
It fits standard 1 5/8 id rod holders.
JD Tech Team
can this be mounted to wooden deck steps?
To be honest, .... I don't know. The post fits into a holder, which itself has been fastened into the hull. Two issues for me responding to this question: (a) I didn't do the install so I don't know if it is held in the hull of my fiberglass boat with glue or there are metal fasteners of some kind; (b) I own a wood boat, and I would be concerned with the torque effects of significant weight (adult hand on handle pulling) and an odd, aggressive angle of direction of pull (one uses this climbing up a ladder from the water and seeking an additional place on which to grab to continue getting out, i.e. pulling down AND at an angle simultaneously) on the shallow post holder as that fitting is ""torqued"" against the wood into which it has been seated. It is then a question of the solidity of the wood and how much pressure it exerts against the post holder, given the way in which it has been affixed to the boat. The question of a "boat step" to me only complicates the matter: is this a solid step on a "yacht" (large vessel assumes large structural members), which is an integral, well-seated part of the boat, or a more temporary unit? My handle is only mounted to the swim platform on a bow-rider runabout, and it endures the same kind of torque effect I describe above (and I'm a 'big boy' as well); no problems yet, and if it fails, a swim platform replacement, while costly, is not like repairing a wood boat, work or cost (speaking from experience with the checkbook). Good question; not sure I've helped.
It fits into a slanted rod holder that must be open at the bottom and have a pin across the bottom for a slot in the lower end of the boarding handle to drop onto. That keeps the handle from twisting. You would need about 10-11 inches of open space below the deck step for the rod holder to stick down into. It is probably feasible to mount it on a deck step, but there can be a lot of torque on the handle mount if someone pulls himself up with it or hangs onto it to prevent a fall. I would worry about a wooden deck step being twisted off or broken (and of course injury to an unsuspecting user).
Thank you! I have wooden steps leading down into the lake. Looking for a handrail to assist getting out of a kayak. I appreciate your time !
it's made to slip into a rod holder, but with some ingenuity you might find a way to mount it on wooden steps. it separates into two pieces for storage. The bottom section is curved. You could find a straight piece of tubing to replace that and then find a receptacle for the tubing to mount on the wooden steps.
It needs to sit in a rod holder to lock in properly
Do You feel this is a quality product? any gripes?
This item is very well made and should last a life time. I am very pleased with the product and the price paid with fee shipping
good for a little extra stability
this is great as an extra hand when boarding or exiting the boat...
Great product! Well worth the price.
Boarding handle is a big help for my 80 year old Dad to get on and off my sport fishing boat. The product works great, strong,sturdy and easy to use.
COLLEGE PARK, MD
Makes swimming off the boat easy!
This Windline Boarding Handle solved a huge problem for us with our new boat--A Nautic Star 2000DC. There was no platform at the back as we had on our previous boat, resulting in it being very difficult to get from the swim ladder into the boat. We are well over 65 years old, and without this handle, I am not sure we would be able to swim off the boat. It's a lifesaver!