Top Five Boat Gear Items of 2016

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This list has a charmingly random feel. But according to our computer, these were the most popular boat accessories in 2016: 

Leather Oar Collars1. Leather Oar Collars

Lots of rowing boats get built, and rowing boats need oars, and wooden oars are pretty, but they chafe against the bronze oarlocks. These leather oar collars look and feel good and will last as long as the oars do.

2. Oarlock Sockets

Oarlock Sockets

We sell a lot of rowing boats. These are the bronze oarlock sockets we've been shipping with kits since the 1990's.

Deck Plates
3. Deck Plates

Deck plates? Okay, computer, if you say so! Available in various sizes and colors, these waterproof access ports are convenient for any size or type of boat. We use them in kayaks, and Madness-the-proa has at least seven of them. 

4. Footbrace Mounting KitFootbrace Mounting Kit

Evidently not many of you like the stock kayak footbrace installation scheme, which leaves the bolt-heads exposed on the outside of a kayak forever. This mounting kit hides the bolts inside the kayak's cockpit.

5. Brass Padeye

Nothing sullies a beautiful wooden boat more than ugly hardware. As an attachment point for tow lines, grab handles, rigging, or anything else that belongs on a boat, these padeyes are shipshape and Bristol-fashion.


rounding out the top fifteen . . .

6. Happy Bottom Pad 

7. MiniCel Foam 

8. Flat Blade Spruce Oars 

9. Gift Cards 

10. Drop-in Rowing Units 

11. Fancy Grab Handles 

12. CLC Caps 

13. Bungie Cord 

14. Spoon Blade Oars 

15. Keepers Footbraces 


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