Your boat tricks: three solutions for having a tidy boat at all times!


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From our archives (this article was among the most-read of 2016).

We continue our collection(part one here) dedicated to your boat tricks: in this article we discover three ingenious and inexpensive solutions devised by you, the reader, to always have your boat in order!

Send us your “clever” board works describing them (with photos) to, we will publish the most original ones!

How to get a dining table for 8 people in the square of a 42-footer
extending table 1 extending table 2Often, despite having a large and spacious square, the dining table offers the opportunity to sit comfortably only to those who use the sofa near the table itself. Some shipyards, such as Hanse, provide removable seats, but Antonio Casciello, on his Jeanneau 42i Alchemy, had only his wits about him. So he decided to make an “extendable table that can seat 8 people comfortably in 3 minutes.” The addition is easy to assemble, explains Antony: “The legs screw on a self-tapping pin, and the template follows the profile of the original table perfectly.”

bottle rack 1 bottle rack 2Take advantage of the cockpit table compartment to accommodate glasses and bottles in peace and quiet
Cockpit tables often have a compartment for storing equipment and objects. But especially with some sea, if these are not properly fixed, there is a risk of “making an omelet.” Giancarlo Sorrentino, aboard his Bavaria 46, wanted to have bottles and glasses within easy reach while sailing, and so he thought “to take advantage of the step in this compartment to place a sheet of plexiglass on top of it that, which I appropriately drilled with a hand cutter, would allow convenient use and stowage of glasses and bottles.” By varying the size of the holes in the plexiglass, you can make supports suitable not only for bottles but for all kinds of accessories.

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after DX
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Inexpensive, easy to make, ideal for those who don’t want clutter in the cockpit
Engineer Eugenio Denti was “tired of having halyards, borers and various sheets all in disarray,” and decided to build a simple rope hanger with his own hands. He also sent us the “shopping list” to carry out the work and, like a good engineer, the photo with all the “ingredients” for making it (fig. 1): two plastic bars 45 cm long, 10 stainless screws, 10 nuts, 10 stainless washers and 10 other smaller ones, 10 plastic pulleys equipped with grooves, and some silicone to attach the bars to the deck. The cost of the operation is only a few euros, but the effectiveness of the result is evident by comparing “before” and “after” photos (Fig. 2).



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