I got lucky and found a used factory Cabela's board on e-Bay for $20 with shipping although metalman's board looks better built than this store bought unit. I fished rough waters so my mods may not apply. I added a bolt and spools of leader material and cut a small notch with a single edge razor blade underneath to slide a line in to cut. I also added a large open notch on the edge to lean a pole in for when I'm rigging it. I also added the lure/leader holders on both sides. When I'm fishing with a group of kids anything I can do to make it easier I'll take. Mounts on the center of the bow in a drop in Scotty type holder. I also have a 4' line attached to a cheap filet knife since I've donated enough to the fishing gods.