3 Simple Inventions That Made Boating Better

There are countless inventions that have made boating considerably better over the past couple of centuries. Since the motor boat came on the scene in the late 1800’s, things have improved vastly when it comes to hitting the wide open water. There have been major improvements, like GPS and depth finders, but there have also been some pretty spectacular simple inventions that have managed to make boating just that much better.

3 Simple Inventions That Have Made Boating Better

Doggy Boat Ladders

Man’s best friend loves the boat almost as much as you do. But, until this simple invention came along, Fido was relegated to awkwardly splashing and attempting to jump onto the boat. Doggy boat ladders have made it easy for canine companions to gracefully exit the water when they’re done lapping around in the lake.

They’re especially great for overweight pups, dogs with arthritis, and older canine pals. They make it as simple as possible for dogs of all kinds to hop back on the boat without any fuss. People have built ladders onto the sides of boats and docks forever—now dogs can experience that same convenience and luxury.

Waterproof Action Cameras

If you’ve ever wished that you could have captured a great moment while boating, you’ve known the frustration of only having a camera that can’t handle getting wet. Sure, there are waterproof disposable cameras, but what if you want to take a video?

Luckily, there are now waterproof action cameras that have the ability to go with you wherever you choose to adventure. They can even function while being completely immersed in the water. And, if you’re a film buff, you’ll appreciate that most waterproof action cameras now have the functionality to film and display the highest definition video. You’ll never miss another great moment.

Floating Keychains

This simple invention might be the best one of them all. There are few worse things when you’re boating than losing your keys in the water. Before floating keychains were invented, you would be completely out of luck if your keys sank in the deep blue.

These days, there’s no need to panic when your keys fall overboard. Just look for the brightly colored, floating keychain, and be on your merry, ferrying way!

Brad and Julie Duncan3 Simple Inventions That Made Boating Better


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  • Ellen M. - April 5, 2017 reply

    The floating keychain is brilliant! Thanks for sharing this insight. I wonder if there’s something like that for a cell phone. That’s my biggest “overboard accessory” concern 😉

  • Ryan - April 8, 2017 reply

    Awesome Brad! Love to hear a comment sometime on how you accessorized your wake boarding boat to maximize the experience!

  • Nicolette - April 8, 2017 reply

    Doggy Ladders! Adorable! 🙂

  • Alfonso Gonzalez. - April 8, 2017 reply

    Wow!awesom:)…thank you for what you do…?

  • Paul and Nola Wilson - April 8, 2017 reply

    Brad and Julie,
    Your mentorship in our lives is like a floating life key ring. Thank you for all that you do.

    Richard - July 21, 2017 reply

    Could not have said it better myself!

    Holly - July 26, 2017 reply

    Hahah I love this! No joke : ) love u brad and Julie!!!

  • Riley & Marlayna Higgins - April 8, 2017 reply

    Brad & Julie!! We are so thankful for you!

  • Pat McElroy - April 11, 2017 reply

    Can’t wait to go boating with you guys!

  • Matthew Malcham - April 13, 2017 reply

    Brilliant! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • Scot Roper II - April 13, 2017 reply

    So awesome! Can’t wait for my super Mega Yacht!! Will need all of these tips

  • Nicolaus Gill - April 13, 2017 reply

    I can not wait to have a yacht as big as your Brad! Thank you guys for your amazing work and leadership!!!!!

  • Candice Cox - April 13, 2017 reply

    I need a boat…. and a floating keychain! Thanks for a great post! ? ?? ?

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  • Debbie Burger - April 14, 2017 reply

    A very wise person once said, “Don’t die without having a boat dock”. I never forgot that advice.

  • Christina Jih - April 14, 2017 reply

    Great tips! ❤ doggy ladders – ?

  • Jared W - April 14, 2017 reply

    Changed the boating experience!

  • Audrey - April 14, 2017 reply

    DOGGIE LADDER! That sounds so cute!

  • Shannon Lauffer - April 14, 2017 reply

    Thanks for sharing this insight!

  • Maria B. - April 14, 2017 reply

    I am always inspired by your words and actions. You are the true example of holistic success. Thank you for blessing me with your wisdom and tremendous hearts.

  • Chris - April 15, 2017 reply

    Definitely will not die without a dock. All thanks to you Brad and Julie. Love you guys!

  • Stephanie Bloom - April 15, 2017 reply

    Waterproof action cameras are a must for boat trips! Also, that hammoc in the picture looks like fun. Thanks for the article!

  • Mark Garrett - April 15, 2017 reply

    Brad & Julie – Doggy ladders & floating key chains are a must for boating. Thank you both for helping others DREAM BIGGER than ever!

  • Suphia Anello - April 15, 2017 reply

    Loved seeing you guys in Vegas! Can’t wait to see your boat for the next incentive. Love you guys. ?

  • Greg and Heidi Riddell - April 15, 2017 reply

    Never Die without a Dock, huge dream of ours Brad, thank you for leading us to a better life so the dream can come true. True Mentors in every word Brad and Julie we love you!

  • Matt & Rebekah Wong - April 16, 2017 reply

    A floaty key chain! Who would have known how simple yet helpful it would be when boating! <3 you both!

  • Tarryn Larsen - April 16, 2017 reply

    Brad and Julie, you’re so awesome! We’ll need to get a floating keychain for our yacht! Thank you for what you do!

  • Jeremiah Cherry - April 16, 2017 reply

    Amazing. So inspiring??

  • Rebecca Rogers - April 17, 2017 reply

    Do the doggy ladders work for toy breeds?

  • Victoria - April 18, 2017 reply

    I need a floating keychain!!

  • Cody porter - April 18, 2017 reply

    Nice! I’ll keep this all in mind when I am free and have a boat!

  • Tarryn Larsen - April 18, 2017 reply

    You all are such great dreamers!!

  • Dylan S - April 19, 2017 reply

    Floating keychain… check
    Waterproof camera… check
    Boat … cricket cricket.

  • Olivia - April 19, 2017 reply

    Doggy Ladder… just that alone made my day.
    Boating just got a whole lot cuter

  • Dennis & Barbara - April 23, 2017 reply

    Your comments on waterproof cameras were great! We recently discovered that the I phone you have highly recommend has high quality waterproof case available for boating and other wet use.

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  • Harprit - May 6, 2017 reply

    All of these are necessary to enjoy a great boating experience! ? Thanks for sharing!

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