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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:54 pm 
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To make it easier to retrieve stuff that's stored in the hull, I attached a ring inside each of the Twist-and-Seal hatches.

Then, I made up a tether (1/8" Nylon rope) with a clip on one end for each piece of stowage.

When I load the boat, I clip the tether to the ring, and shove the stowage (dry bag, fish finder battery, etc) through the hatch. When I need it, I just open the hatch, grab the tether, and pull.
For each hatch, I used (all hardware store parts):
1-1/2" plated steel ring
10-24 X 1-1/2" SS pan head machine screw
10-24 SS Nylock nut
a small nylon cable clamp

I replaced one sheet metal screw with a 1-1/2" machine screw after drilling out the hole with a .189 dia. drill.
Then, I put a ring into the cable clamp and put the cable clamp on the protruding part of the screw inside the hatch opening. I oriented the ring so that it was nearest to the opening, and tightened down the nut.

I put the ring on the screw that is farthest from the seat for each hatch. That way, the tethers tend to hang across the open hatch where they're easy to see and grab.

The scheme works like a charm, and makes it much easier and safer to retrieve stuff when the yak is pitching in a seaway.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:57 pm 
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I do something similar. I have a loop of line attached to the holes on my center hatch. I then clip things to it using carabiners. I used to "lose" stuff before I started using that loop. It is surprising how far stuff will travel inside of a hull :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:55 pm 
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Boy I been meaning to do this too, good reminder, hopefully get to it tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:40 pm 
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This is what I do:
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:13 pm 
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That is similar to what I do kayakingbob except I have a single loop with about a foot of slack between the outermost holes.

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