Luc Cote of Dock Wand showed us his innovative new product, at the 2012 Toronto Boat Show, that makes docking easy. So simple that we're amazed no one had thought of this before. In his words:
It always bothered me that there were so few, if any devices to assist in docking a vessel. I consider docking to be, by far, the most difficult and dangerous procedure a boater must undertake. As an avid boater, and owner of a busy water taxi service in Toronto Harbour, it is something I have had to do upwards of 100 times a day during peak season. No matter how perfectly you place the boat beside the dock, it will invariably move to a more undesirable spot by the time you run from the helm, jump off with your lines and attempt to tie off. For several years I have designed and constructed numerous mechanical systems to try and automate the docking process, and had some success along the way. It's rather amusing how complex ideas are eventually reduced to simple elements. Dock wand is the culmination of all that effort, thought process and experience on the water. It's with great excitement that I launch what I believe to be a game-changer in the way we dock our boats.
Ingenious, yet uncomplicated, The Patent Pending Dock Wand can have you handling your boat like a pro within minutes. Adaptable for all sizes and types of vessels, power, sail, runabouts, pontoons, and functional on any kind of dock cleat. A one-time initial setup for your vessel takes approximately 5 minutes, after which Dock Wand can be deployed with the wave of your wrist. Dock Wand permits you to dock and launch without having to transition between the boat and the dock, providing you with an increased level of safety and confidence.
Here's a list of Dealers. Luc told us there will be more added all the time so you might want to give them a call (416) 992-7871 to see if a new dealer has been added closer to your location.