Diddy Bagg is More Than a Tool Bag


Practical Sailor testers are constantly schlepping tools between the Practical Sailor workshop, our own garages, and—of course—our boats. So we’re always on the lookout for a toolbag that makes said schlepping a little easier. Enter the Original Nantucket Diddy Bag, which we came across at a recent boat show.

The Original Nantucket Diddy Bag


It is the first tool bag we’ve seen that is reversible and convertible. Designed by a Nantucket carpenter, the bag’s well-thought-out design is practical and versatile. With 36 various-sized pockets (including a hidden one in the bottom), the bag makes tools easy to find and keep organized—no more digging to the depths of a cluttered tool bag.

One unique design feature is the bag’s double-headed zipper. Unzipped, the bag can be laid out flat or can be hung flat for access to everything. Zipped up, the bag can be stood up with the tools exposed (above). Zip it the other way and cinch the tote bag’s drawstring top, and the tools are secured and ready for storage or transport.

An adjustable 1.25-inch strap and cotton webbing handle allow the bag to be carried as a tote bag, over the shoulder, or as a backpack. Zipped, the bag measures 12 inches long, 6 inches wide, and about 16 inches tall.

You can find the Diddy Bag for $70 online at www.nantucketbagg.com. The price is a bit steep, but we’re confident the bag will last the longhaul, and the company offers free stateside shipping and a money-back guarantee.


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Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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