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Continued: Anderson: Box Anchor keeps your boat put no matter what

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 31, 2014 - 12:42 AM

“Some years ago my wife bought me a golden retriever for my birthday,’’ said Perkins, who lives near Milwaukee. “At the time, we had a personal watercraft. But when we got the dog, we sold it and bought a bigger boat.’’

But problems arose when the new canine went swimming. “It wasn’t easy getting the dog back into the boat,’’ Perkins said.

So he developed seven different models of lightweight steps that mount over a boat’s gunwale or transom lip. (The steps can also help load dogs into vehicles.) Some steps are bright yellow, while those used on duck boats are green.

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Anything that floats is available at the show for purchase, from standup paddleboards to wakeboard boats to pontoons to pleasure and fishing boats.

But if you’d rather “rent’’ a boat, you can do that also by checking out Your Boat Club (www.yourboatclub.com). This year, owner Michael Jellish has boats on eight metro lakes, up from one (Prior Lake) when he launched the idea five years ago.

Thursday afternoon, second-year customers Henry and Susan Morimoto of Mound were at the show and offered the club concept an enthusiastic endorsement.

“The service is great, we like the convenience, the boats are clean and we like to boat on Waconia as well as Minnetonka, and Michael has boats on each,’’ Henry said.

The Boat Show continues through Sunday at the Convention Center.

 

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

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