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Old 03 March 2016, 08:55   #1
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Bow bags

Has anyone had any experience with the Honwave bow bag? Or any decent bow bag? I'm not really looking for something that is small and side opening for small items like cameras etc., more of a storage facility that keeps bow line, anchor & chain and other bulky bits and pieces well up front and securely held in place when bouncing through the waves.

I was going to use something like an Ikea bag or one of those heavy duty shopping bags held in place with bungy cord but its a bit unsightly TBH.

Any ideas/suggestions greatly welcomed.

It's for a Honwave T-38.

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Old 03 March 2016, 09:06   #2
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i have used gorilla bucket 4 from BQ

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Old 03 March 2016, 09:28   #3
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Well I have the OE Aerotec bow bag as supplied with a new one and I'm only keeping it for the sake of completeness on resale.

I had a new Honwave 3.5AE which was a boat show special offer with free bow bag... sold the bag on immediately.

Reasons...

All the bow bags I've had/seem hold the bag off the floor a few inches so if you put heavy stuff in them like an anchor it tries to escape the bottom by splitting the material... or it strains the zip opening... or strains the attachments to the tubes.

If you have to go bow-on to a crowded pontoon they are a pain to climb over.

In certain circumstances folks (particularly kids/teens) are well placed sitting on the floor at the bow and the bag prevents this.


I use a waterproofed heavy canvas bag for the anchor/chain/ropes/tow bridle which sits next to the fuel tank under the seat.... tied on just in case.

Everything else is distributed between two or three dry bags... not this make but similar...

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They are waterproof and float even with a fair bit of gear in. They can be placed where needed according to the space around folks with you. I clip them on so they can't be thrown out.

In the ultimate worse case of abandon ship they can be quickly unclipped and taken with you into the water so you still have all your personal possessions. In the less serious situation of leaving the SIB on a pontoon while at lunch they are a neat way of taking the expensive bits like camera/phone/radio/gps etc with you.

One of the bags is marked "grab bag" in big letters and all aboard know it's the most important to take in a crisis with flares, backup gps, comms, water, torch, knife, sweets, 1st aid kit, car/house keys and so on

That's just how we do it... loads of variations with other folks and different needs.
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Old 03 March 2016, 10:00   #4
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OK - good call on the dry bags. I'll need to find a good way to secure them. When out the other day I had to use the bow line to secure my fuel tank and battery as they wanted to join me in the stern when we were bouncing rough the waves.
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I'd go Pelicase (or Chinese copy) for anchor, spares, tools, valuables etc, secure this down to the floor to stop bouncing - pics of mine in that long Aerotec thread. Stick a loose anchor in anything soft and it will bounce like crazy destroying anything inside and the bag itself.

And drybags for clothes, food etc - just clip onto the front guide ropes or whatever.

I really like to keep the central floor area as clear as possible, makes it much easier to move about and pilot the boat in the rough stuff.



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On my (smaller) SIB I have kept ground gear and lines in a heavy duty sportsbag type thingy. I secure that to the safety lines on the bow with a carabiner.

I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to devise a rig-up where the anchor and warp self deployed in the event of a capsize...
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lomo water sports dry bags large with rucksack straps so easy to carry Velcro fastening if you want them off 21 inc vat, in red i use mine as a grab bag, spare coat, food,wallet,phone etc. held down with an elastic cargo net.

you can buy rope access bags canvas but not dry for the anchor.

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I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to devise a rig-up where the anchor and warp self deployed in the event of a capsize...
Writing a capsized boat with an anchor deployed under it is particularly hard work!
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I'd go Pelicase (or Chinese copy) for anchor, spares, tools, valuables etc, secure this down to the floor to stop bouncing - pics of mine in that long Aerotec thread.
Do you put a wet anchor etc in your peli alongside all the stuff you want to keep dry?
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Writing a capsized boat with an anchor deployed under it is particularly hard work!

Do you put a wet anchor etc in your peli alongside all the stuff you want to keep dry?
I'm sure you asked me that same question last time we did this topic!

No, the anchor (folding grapnel - yes, I know.....I know...) goes in a rolled up dry bag with it's chain and warp. And it's never wet 'cause I've never used it!
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