Rock the Dock

Here’s a very low tech but innovative way to increase your party space.  Check out Box Tops 4 Docks by JDS Marine.  The Illinois company came up with a great idea to turn your dock box into a party platform by providing a dedicated space for plates, glasses, cans and bottles.  The topper will even improve the look of your old dock box.  There are three models - Freeboard, Starboard and Overboard.  The basic platform remains the same but elevated glass and bottle holders can be added to increase the topper’s functionality.    The Box Tops are made ...

3rd March 2010.
By Zuzana Prochazka

Here’s a very low tech but innovative way to increase your party space.  Check out Box Tops 4 Docks by JDS Marine.  The Illinois company came up with a great idea to turn your dock box into a party platform by providing a dedicated space for plates, glasses, cans and bottles.  The topper will even improve the look of your old dock box. 

There are three models – Freeboard, Starboard and Overboard.  The basic platform remains the same but elevated glass and bottle holders can be added to increase the topper’s functionality.   

The Box Tops are made to fit triangular dock boxes and are made of ½ inch Starboard.  Since that is basically cutting board material, you can even cut meat or clean fish on it.  But you wouldn’t want to do that because these things are quite fancy and they won’t discolor, warp or mildew.  

Box Tops are made to be installed onto a dock box lid and they come with 5 stainless fasteners.  All you need to do is drill 5 holes and screw in the fasteners.  Better make sure your marina is OK with that first though.  Otherwise, you can just place them on top but don’t lean against one or your whole party is going in the drink. 

Today, you can buy one from JDS Marine from $325-495 depending on options.  And if you’re on an old dock like me with abysmal dock boxes and marina that’s too embarrassed about the state of the docks to tell you that you can’t add something, a topper will even improve the look of the neighborhood. 

The Overoboard

If you need a rectangular one, call JDS, they say they’re working on additional shapes and sizes. 

 


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Zuzana Prochazka

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Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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