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The best all round bucket for a boat

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What is the issue?
A bucket is an invaluable resource on any vessel. However they are unwieldy to store and metal buckets are prone to damage both themselves, or anything they come in contact with. They also rust quickly. A plastic bucket is an alternative but they are rarely strong enough for a long life aboard a yacht.

Why address this?
Solving this problem is more than helpful as a bucket is a useful addition to a boat. It is required anytime you wish to draw up water from the bay/ocean/river/lake. Constantly used for washing mud off the foredeck after weighing anchor and for washing down the cockpit, deck. Having a neat solution that could save damage, space and make for convenience.

How to address this?
A canvas boat bucket
Drawing: Tony Gibson
Use a traditional canvas bucket. They are easy to toss overboard, fill with seawater and haul back aboard.

A canvas bucket is ideal as, like a plastic bucket, a bucket made out of canvas will not scratch the topsides or deck. But unlike a plastic bucket, it’s easy to store because it collapses and the handle won’t break or become unattached. You can integrate a long retrieval line and it doesn’t foul anything else as it stores in the bucket. It’s not entirely watertight, but you can take advantage of the slow leak through the fabric if you just wish to dribble water on something. They also make ideal tool bags when working on the boat or going up the mast.

Canvas buckets can be bought at most chandlers. But, if you happen to have a sewing machine, and can find a reasonably sized plastic hoop, or make two boltropes, plus some durable canvas offcuts you can manufacture it easily.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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