Preview: Buckets, Bailers, and Stretchers

December 12, 2012

Avatar Ben Fuller

Buckets, bailers, stretchers: The humble stuff that generally hides beneath the boating radar until needed; then you really need them.

L. Francis Herreshoff wrote so eloquently about the cedar bucket that I can’t compare i with the rubber hoof-proof agricultural bucket I use these days—which certainly doesn’t have the smell, the look, or the feel of cedar. And it doesn’t float. But if you hacksaw off the handle and replace it with rope, it will not ding or dent your boat. Add a lanyard to it and, if you think you might accidentally drop it overboard, tie a pot buoy on the end of the lanyard. When not in use for its primary purpose as a portable head, it makes a fine place to stow a small boat’s Bruce-type anchor and its rode.

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