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    Default DIY hiking straps on a GIS

    Just before launching my GIS on a windy day I was wondering how to get simple hicking straps fixed quickly. I had some dynema rope, soft plastic tubing and pipe-isolation foam available, so I tried to use that for a "temperary solution"
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    Initially I had fixed 2 stainless eyes in the middle and used one strap, but that's not an ideal position for comfortable hiking ( if "hiking" could be called "comfortable " at all )
    Now I have fixed two stainless eyes in the front, 20 cm from the centerline, and 2 straps. This seems to be the right position for me. The straps work very well and are quite comfortable with this foam padding. It's closed cell foam and could be replaced very cheaply if needed.
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    Having my boxed middle-seat, I bought a square bucket that fits better than a standard round one. I have used an inexpensive bigger size "roller paint bucket" and replaced the non-stainless handle with a simple rope-loop. With this square bucket it is also easier to empty the last bit of water, if you compare with a round one.
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    But...............I still didn't capsize in my GIS , so I am still not shure if my square bucket, boxed seat and draintube really work that well.
    The Dutch weather has not been that great lately, so it's not really "fun" to do a try-out capsizing

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    Sailing a Dutch Goat Island Skiff

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    That tidy bucket .... is sooooooo Dutch!

    A great tip!

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