The idea for this little solution came to me as I was making the crib board storage solution. The width of the vinyl channel that I fabricated for that project makes for a tension fit with a winch handle.
I cut a 9″ length of the channel and mounted it vertically on the transom near the tiller.
With one simultaneous sliding and pressing motion, I can stow the winch handle until it’s needed again. The flexible channel grips the winch handle securely by its sides and holds it stationary. To remove the handle for use, I just grab it. It comes loose easily. The next best thing to a magnetic catch. I don’t care for the looks or price of the retail winch handle pockets anyway.
To read how I fabricated the channel and fastened it to the cockpit sole wall, see the Crib board storage solution post.
The bottom line
Suggested price: n/a
$tingy Sailor cost: $0
Where do you store your winch handles and why?