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

Cockpit locker organisers

Roger Cooke got oar-ganised

“Chaos reigned in my hull-deep deck locker: it was time to make some attempt at organising the contents.

“The sectioned oars for the inflatable tender were particularly prone to vanishing beneath other contents of the locker, so I found a length of leftover square drainpipe and cut it into four sections. A few stainless self-tapping screws later and, hey presto, a modicum of order was restored. The cost? For me, less than £1: perhaps £5 if you need to buy the drainpipe.

  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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