Compiled By Margie Anderson
The winner in the first-ever Environmental Innovation category at
the 2005 NMMA was Microtabs from Clean Water Solutions. Microtabs
use naturally-occurring microbes to digest odor-causing materials
inside holding tanks.
All you have to do is toss in the prescribed number of tabs after
a pumpout to keep the tanks easy to pump and smelling clean.
Even the packaging is water soluble, and Microtabs are available
as 8-ounce singles or in packs of three. They retail for $6.95 each,
or $18.95 for a 3-pack.
Visit Clean Water Solutions website at
www.cwsius.com for more
information or to find a retailer in your area.
Inflatable Fenders —
You know you need fenders. They keep your boat from dings when
you’re docking, and they protect you from other boaters who may not
be as seasoned as you are.
Finding a place to store them isn’t easy, though, so maybe you
settle for fenders that are really too small, figuring that they are
"better than nothing."
Aere fenders are inflatable and come in 20 sizes (12" x 29" to 4'
x 20') so you can find the ones that are the perfect fit for your
boat. They inflate and deflate in seconds, and they’re lightweight
enough to be handled by anybody on board.
Since you can fold them up after use, they hardly take up any
room at all. Cylindrical inflatable fenders start at $145, and the
flat version starts at $499. Check them out at
Wheel Dock —
Here’s a nifty gadget for those of us who store the boat at home
on a trailer: The Wheel Dock is a sturdy plastic docking center that
gives you a place to park the trailer tongue wheel.
Shaped sort of like a dog dish, the Wheel Dock keeps your wheel
from sinking into the ground, as well as keeps the trailer from
rolling off. You can pick up one for about $16 at Sportsman’s
Warehouse or at your nearest RV supply store.
They’re made in the U.S.A. by Camco: