One of the things we like about a boat is having it organized and making good use of the space that is available (more than you would expect). However, some of the locations require some creative problem solving. The cockpit lockers are one such space, as they are awkwardly shaped, and can easily become a jumbled mess.
Unique Attachment Technique
Les had come across pictures of lines hanging in a locker, but didn’t know how to fasten any hooks. He was extremely hesitant to drill any holes in our newly purchased boat. After poking around in the locker, he realized that the bolts coming down from the winch and cleat were long enough that he could add a nut to the end. This created an attachment point that piggybacked on existing hardware.
Hanging Extra Lines in the Cockpit Locker
We got some large washers, then Les whipped an eye in each end of the line. He attached it to the end of the bolt, using the washer and a nut to hold it on. We made the line long enough to tie a series of loops long enough to hang down and be visible when opening the cockpit locker. All that a remained was to clip a plastic carabiner to each loop, and now can clip on a bundle of extra line. We first used medium regular style carabiner, but found these large double sided ones worked better. Extra docking lines are now quickly accessible and organized, instead of in a pile at the bottom of the locker. It also makes good use of the curved space along the hull. And Les is quite proud of his little invention.