Beaching a pontoon so you can party onshore is a great way to spend your time out on the lake-letting the kids play in the sand while you kick back and enjoy the surroundings-but the fun can quickly come to an end when it's time to get back into the boat. The kids are completely covered in mud (making the carpet age exponentially), the more seasoned passengers are having a more difficult time getting back into the boat, and now you've got to heft all the coolers and equipment from the beach back into the boat.
Now there's an easier way to do it-Walk The Plank!
Walk The Plank is a mounted ramp system invented and developed by avid boater and welder Bill Haring, also known as Wild Bill. Wild Bill saw a need for an easy-to-use way to make the fun of boating available and convenient for everyone. After witnessing the hassle some boaters went through to even get in their boats, much less spending hours cleaning his own boat of mud and dirt tracked in from a day at the lake or river, Haring worked on the idea for the Walk the Plank as an answer to his own boating needs.
Walk The Plank has a compact mounting pocket 22 1/2 inches wide by 60 inches long to hold the 18-inch by 96-inch aluminum plank. Made of 6061 T-6 aluminum, the rust-proof package is light and mounts under the bow of the boat. The downside is that it's not wide enough for a wheelchair, but it is narrow enough to fit triple tubes.
Walk the Plank slides in and out with little or no effort. Only six bolts are needed to mount the 50-pound package: two bolts in front, two bolts in the rear, and two bolts for a rear-stop, but access holes are needed only if the boat is under-sheeted. Walk the Plank can support 750 pounds, and there's only one moving part-the plank.
Walk the Plank was developed and is produced in the U.S.A. by Dry Dock Co., in Riverside, Calif., and is available for $599 plus shipping and handling.