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Cockpit seat locker lid restraint ideas

The surveyor recommended that the cockpit seat locker lids be fitted with restraints to secure them in an open position when necessary.

The previous owner just hooked a bungee cord from the lid latch to a nearby lifeline stanchion to secure them in an open position temporarily.

I am supposed to remedy the surveyor's recommendation for my insurance company with some kind of permanent solution.

Does anyone have any ideas for meeting this recommendation for insurance?

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On my boat there's an eye strap like this one screwed to the bottom of the lid. A wire line with a snap hook attaches to the eye strap.

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We hav the same set up but with a line tied in a loop when the hatch is up it simply hooks around the winch
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We just installed some basic off-the-shelf swivel hasps on ours; secure 'em with a snap-link while we're under way, or with a padlock at the dock.
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On our Pearson 28, I used some automotive hatch struts. Stainless brackets can be found at worst marine.

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There are also springs that work like the hatch struts. They're installed to be straight when the hatch is open, and you bend them to shut the hatch. All the strut-like fittings cut into the access to the locker opening. A sail being stuffed into the locker can snag the fitting and pull it out or bend it. The strap & hook method is probably the simplest, cheapest, most secure, and takes the least amount of space. If you don't like hooking to the lifeline, install a small padeye that you can clip it to instead, and go sailing.
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