Chandlery August 15, 2005 Issue

DRD Mesh Bags

Handy, quick-drying bags for those myriad on-board storage needs.

Aboard boats, bags in which to gather up and stow various unhandy gear and equipment—from sails to a charcoal grill to wet clothing—can be invaluable. At a small company in East Prussia, PA, called DRD, the principals there have thought about this issue long and hard. The result is a package of three very strong, heavy nylon mesh bags with drawstring tops and small, stainless steel carabiner hooks to hang up the bags. They even come with a hangar plate (not shown), should you choose to store the bags side-by-side. The bags are shown in this photo sitting on grass with their corners (the ones with the hooks and drawstrings) turned back.

The smallest bag measures 15" x 26". The larger bags are 19" x 30" and 15" x 38", which makes for a good variety of sizes. The heavy mesh has 1/8" holes and is known in the trade as 5-oz., cord-locked, diamond-braided. On boats we've owned, the storm anchor and its 300-odd feet of rode have always been a storage problem. The rode usually gets flaked and the coil tied with four pieces of small stuff. With the anchor attached with a short piece of chain, handling the whole rig could be nasty work. How much better it would be to simply feed the rode (three-strand or braid) in one of these bags and snug up the drawstring. This three-bag kit sells for $70.

Contact - DRD, 866/562-3562,

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