There was talk of sewing hand holds into the wing seat covers yesterday. We were going through 4 foot swells and getting bounced around pretty good. It was a great time but a bit better hamd holds would have been appreciated by the crew.
As skipper, I had my foot under the wing brace. It worked well but a bit of padding would have helped. Has anyone ecperimented with this? Thanks.
Lake Lefroy Mini 5.6
Howzit John. I can suggest a couple cheap, effective things.
Assuming you don’t have trap wires, Create two 16 inch loops of soft rope and put them on your side stays using a simple Prusik knot (a simple hitch that constricts when pulled but can easily slide up and down the wire when you want).
You can also securely wrap 2” or wider Velcro straps around the bench seats just loose enough to get a hand under and to slide around in different spots.
Lastly, I use a kayak tie down strap looped between the wing posts to create a foot strap so I can lean out over the benches in a hiking position. If you are also holding the Prusik loop you’ll have a very secure position and will help drive the boat faster upwind. You can hook up a harness to it and everything is adjustable as well. For added comfort, pool noodles or pipe insulation can be used on the foot straps.
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