Helm Area Storage Bins
Taping the Holes
I moved the taped outline a couple times to make sure
that the square cutout for the storage bins
would be in the ideal location.
Cutting the Holes
|The new cutout surrounds the 4-1/2-inch hole for the round port. The |
corner holes forming the radius corners were cut first.
Fastening Hooks for the Mesh Retainer
|One of the gear hammock hooks on the |
inside at the side of the bins.
|I bent one leg of each of the lower corner hooks so that the space |
between the inside of the bin and the outside of the
mesh retainer would be uniformly small.
|All four gear hammock hooks are installed on the inside of the |
plastic bin to define the perimeter of the mesh retainer.
Making the Mesh Retainers
|We ordered two 8-inch by 8-inch swatches of Neptune Air Mesh in |
black to make the mesh portion of the retainers.
Photo courtesy of Fabric.com.
The loop material for the black shock cord to run through was made from black rip-stop nylon (like spinnaker cloth). Maggie obtained this material from Jo-Anne's.
This illustration is the mesh retainer in the flat--it was wider
at the top so that it could be pulled out to put
things into it or take things out of it.
Installing the Bins
|The storage bins are now completely installed. This storage bin is on the port side.|
|Putting the storage bins in perspective, they are small, but very useful for |
storing frequently used items like sunscreen and sunglasses.