• No more countless troubles from tangled up rope

  • No more wet feet when launching fishing boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, or ski boats

  • No more climbing on or falling from trucks and trailers to simply launch a boat

  • No more slipping and falling on dangerous slick ramps

  • No more blocking the ramp while other boaters have to wait on you

  • Cuts your launch time by 5x over limp rope methods

  • A User said it Best: "1st time I used Dakota I was a little nervous.  2nd time, I had more confidence.  3rd time I realized, I'll never go back to a limp rope again!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dakota run on batteries?

No.  Dakota uses the weight & movement of your boat launch to store the needed energy to retrieve it.

How long & how strong is the rope?

Dakota comes equipped with 80 feet of specially made 3/16" rope.  This special rope's breaking strength is >1500 lbs.  For your calibration - an extreme boat launch might require 100+ lbs.

Can Dakota be used in saltwater environments?

Yes.  Salt or freshwater in seasons hot or cold.

Is Dakota a 'one size fits all' device?

No.  There are 4 models (strengths) of Dakota.  Consideration should be given to your boat size and normal launch conditions.  Dakota has been designed to be used with the lightest of water vessels (jet skis, canoes, kayaks, etc.) to boats up to 26 feet in length.

How does Dakota handle high winds or strong water currents?

Obviously each launch site and each days weather conditions will present a unique and different situation.  Just as obvious there will be high winds and strong currents when Dakota simply will be unable to win over the elements.  That said, each Dakota model is designed to handle its class of boat operating in environments with wind gusts up to 20 mph and currents of 5 mph.

How will Dakota mount or be used with my boat?

Dakota can be used with any boat!  Check out the videos under the Shop Adapters section of this website (each mounting adapter has a link to its respective video) for ideas and instructions of how Dakota can be used with your boat.


  • Dimensions:  13"L x 6"H x 4"W
  • Weight: 8lbs 
  • Rope:  80 feet of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (3/16" dia. and tensile strength of 1800lbs)
  • Pull Power: Variable (adequate for boats up to 26' in length & varies depending on model)
  • Mounting Options: Unlimited
  • Rope Braking System:  Yes!
  • Weather Proof:  Yes! (sun, rain, sleet, snow)
  • Quality Components: Yes!
    • Housing and internal components made of marine grade polymers,
    • All stainless steel operational components including 6 roller bearings,
    • Ultra High Modulus Polyethylene rope [i.e. stronger than same size steel cable)
  • Durable: Yes! (absorbs 10' drop shocks, heavy loads, underwater submersion, harsh abrasions, etc.)
  • Estimated Life: >2,500 Launches (i.e. 1 Dakota will more than likely last a lifetime.)


Dakota Boat Retriever

51 Enterprises, LLC

(865) 803-4150

Knoxville, TN

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