10 of the best PBO reader-submitted DIY practical projects to enhance your summer cruise

Make your top-loading fridge more easily accessible by using plastic bins

Tim Peacock on a fridge too far…

I was getting fed up with having to rummage about in the fridge on my Jeanneau 42DS. It always seemed that the thing I wanted was at the bottom, which meant having to reach right in, dig round and pull several smaller items out. Anyone with shorter-than-average arms would be in danger of falling in!

Fridge bins are easy to lift out, making it easier to get to hard-to-reach items stored in a top-loading boat fridge.

The solution to my problem turned out to be ventilated rubbish sorting bins from Ikea. Two of these bins fit perfectly into the lower sections of the fridge, which means that you can pull the whole lot out in one go. No more bruised ribs!

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build your own helmsman's backrests
  3. 3. Make your own wear pads out of a stainless pedal bin
  4. 4. Make your top-loading fridge more easily accessible by using plastic bins
  5. 5. Cockpit locker organisers
  6. 6. Make your own secure vented companionway covers for summer
  7. 7. Old leggings make great fender socks
  8. 8. How to make a handy bag for a fortress anchor
  9. 9. DIY halyard hangers under your sprayhood
  10. 10. Add permanent buoyancy to your tender or dinghy using builder's foam in a dry-bag
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