Jerry cans were developed in Germany in the 1930's for military use and were made from pressed steel. While the design and capacity has not changed since then, the material of choice is now polyethylene. Five-gallon (actually 20-liter or 5.3 gallon) plastic jerry jugs are the ideal containers to carry additional water and fuel on deck while cruising. Most cruisers have a 2 x 6 board fastened between two lifeline stanchions and then a number of jerry jugs are fastened to the 2 x 6, arranged in a straight line. However, this arrangement on S/V Rainy Days would take up too much valuable foredeck space, particularly since we will be storing our dinghy on the foredeck for passages.
By using the locations one each side of both lifeline gates,
we can accommodate storing four jerry jugs.
|The L-shaped mounting plate with excess material cut away and holes drilled. Edges |
were not rounded at this point yet.
|One jerry jug restraint system completely installed on s/v Rainy Days.|
|A close up view of the jerry jug restraint.|
|Initially, I thought it was too time-consuming to attach these straps, particularly using the buckle |
to take up the excess belt length. However, I like the durability of the system.