Line Control

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Keep your cockpit lines neatly stowed for yourself or for entertaining with this easy DIY solution. No holes in the boat and installation takes less than a minute!Ever feel like the cockpit is a spaghetti bowl of lines?  Want a really simple solution — and one that can be removed on a moment’s notice with no damage to the boat?

Enter Command Cord Bundlers.  This tip came from Tami, who has sent me several other great ideas in the past.

The Cord Bundlers are designed for hanging extension cords, but they work well for sheets, halyards and other lines in the cockpit (or elsewhere).  And unlike hooks, they won’t hurt if you fall against one!Keep the lines in your boat's cockpit neatly stowed with this easy DIY solution. No holes in the boat and installation takes less than a minute!

Keep your cockpit lines neatly stowed for yourself or for entertaining with this easy DIY solution. No holes in the boat and installation takes less than a minute!Tami reports that it’s easy both to hang lines and to quickly release them when it’s time to get underway.  I love how nice and tidy they look — and being able to hang lines where you want them instead of where there is a winch would have a lot of advantages (I was always moving loops of line so that I could sit without a loop of line behind my back).

Since I’ve discovered these, I’ve also used them for a number of other things such as routing our shore power cord and tidying up wiring in the battery compartment.

All you need is a smooth fiberglass or painted surface to mount the cord bundler on.  These are the same Command Strips that I’ve written about for holding pictures and other things below, and can be easily removed without leaving a mark.  But be sure to read the package for instructions on how to remove them — it’s very easy, but there is a special technique (pulling the tab straight down) to remove the bundler.

The one thing to note is that if paint or varnish is not in good condition — that is, if it’s starting to peel or lift up, Command Strips can pull the paint or varnish off when you remove them.

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  1. What handy hangers!!

  2. Good to know!

  3. Cool! We’ve used the ones you screw in, but sure hate putting holes in fiberglass. Will definitely try these. Thanks!

  4. we are readying for cruising after Christmas–this is good to know and I will surely find a use for them…..already thinking about those charger cords for cell phones and Ipad that are always hanging down and in the way! Thanks!!!

  5. Wow, what a great and easy idea! Thanks for sharing this.

  6. I use these to hang our hats. Also to keep our extension cord out of the way when we use our air conditioner in the summer. For hanging pot holders, towels (they need to have a loop for hanging)… Think of it as a closed hook which is perfect for a boat.

  7. Just ordered them last night. Also noted the higher price per item on the multipack. Always have to look at that

  8. Just thought I’d add an update, after having used the Command products in my cockpit for two years:

    The hooks themselves seem to be standing up to the weather. The pull-tab sticky bit does get brittle, being outside. What happens is that the hook bit will fall off the sticky. And then, because the sticky bit is brittle, it doesn’t do as it should if it were pliable, that is to say, pull the tab and the sticky bit comes off. What mine did is break, and then I scraped off the rest of the sticky bit, Goo Gone or acetone works. I then just reinstalled the hook with a new bit of sticky tab. There have been extra sticky tabs in the packs of hooks, and I just saved them for such occasions.

    I have not found that the sticky bits of the hooks that I installed in the boat are getting brittle, so I have to assume it’s a weathering thing.

    This is not a big deal to me, but I thought I’d just update my experience with Command products. I’m happy with the products, and certainly glad to not drill holes in the boat

  9. great thing about a power boat,…………dont have this problem…..ha ha ha ha ha

  10. While I like them as holders I have found that they don’t stay on over a long period on the outside of the boat in hot environments. Maybe just my experience but that’s what I’ve observed.

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