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Old 06-18-2013
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alternative hardware

I've been bemoaning the lack of deck hardware on my W27 since I dropped it in the water. Each day sail has me making lists of blocks turn-outs and other needful items. This last weekend, I felt the need for a vang and was whining about it when I espied a ratchet strap on the settee.

Aha! and "Voila!"

'instant' boom vang!
While definitely not boatish and certainly un-marine; it sure does work as a quick-fix. I'll get a heavier version for [more] permanent use.

I use a motorcycle bungee net to hold items on the shelving unit and
(other) ratchet straps to secure the goods on the settee and keep the reefer and M/W in place.
Stacked surplus South African plastic ammo tubs to hold excess and heavy items, secured under the table by a cleat screwed to the ply sole hatch and fastened by... you guessed it... yet *another* ratchet strap!

Next project is an old Navy canvas hammock...suspended a'tween the mast and push pit by a couple of.... wait for it.... ratchet straps!

What other items in common use can be applied regularly or in a pinch on a sailboat?
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