Hold on me

The JOD 35 is woefully lacking in handholds down below.  There is a single handhold on the edge of the galley sink unit, and nothing else at all.  Which makes it a small bit awkward to move about when the boat is bouncing a bit. Did not want to install stainless steel or wooden handrails because of the extra weight.

So a bit of lateral thinking and a hunt for a yoke came into play.  A “yoke” is a sort of Irish expression for a solution to a problem: “I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what it’s called, I don’t know what it looks like, but I’ll know it when I see it.”

Western Marine is a great source of yokes with their extensive array of nautical of bits and pieces on their display racks.  They provided some lengths of soft red double braid line in keeping with Dinah’s Prada-esque red and grey colour scheme as at lower left.  They also had some stainless plates with a welded loop which fitted perfectly onto the underside of the genoa car track, below centre.  Remove the 8mm nut and washer, then install the yoke and replace the nut.  Finally, another length of red line threaded through “eye nuts” which are attached to the 10mm bolts that hold the hatch cover garage in place, below right.  All of the red lines are stitch-whipped tightly in place.

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