Date: 27 September 2018. Clothespins
and Hanger Advice.
I am sure you're wondering why I am
writing about the ubiquitous clothespin. Though you might not think
so now, you need to have great clothespins when you live aboard a
boat. Clothespins are found everywhere. The problem is in finding
quality ones. Here is what I have learned, including what not to
These colored clothespins are at least 30 years old.
The ones to notice however are simple
BINDER CLIPS ↑.
I bought a couple of packages from Dollar Tree.
Aboard Seaweed I use binder clips to close plastic bags. There are
specialty clips for potato chip bags however they are expensive. A
binder clip works just as well. The advantage is they take up less
room. Binder clips are great galley gear.
Space is at a
premium on any boat. Storage for the small items that make life
easier is important for my happiness quotient. Clothespins and
binder clips serve a multitude of purposes aboard my home.
On our 40'er we never had good luck with wooden
clothespins or pegs. They either rotted, mildewed or broke. Thus, I
have not looked carefully at any wood pegs.
A mistake I made was in purchasing these
METAL CLIPS ↓
Though I liked these METAL
CLIPS ↑ at first, I
discovered they rust rather rapidly.
These small metal clothespins were found in the RV department at Walmart. Salt air did them no good at all.
What I like is that the tips are covered in plastic. They have a
decent spring too. It is the metal part that did not meet my
expectations. It rusted.
I believe they came ten or twelve to the package. The
price was less than $5.
clothespins in the harsh sea environment become brittle. The sunlight, especially when reflected off the water, causes
rapid deterioration. That is why I was attempting to "beat the system"
find good quality metal clothespins that would last a long time.
Next I went to eBay and searched
for Stainless Clothespins. This is what I found for $2.
In the eBay photo they looked much sturdier. Alas,
the stainless clips were of poor quality.
Photo repeated so you don't
have to scroll→
The larger blue plastic clips shown
left of the stainless ones are okay. On
the reverse side there is a strong magnet so don't put this item near
They will hold my
rug to a line. Quality wise, I have found them to last a few
years. Finally the black portion breaks off. That
renders the clothespin useless.
The blue end with the magnet goes on to a second
life. It secures folderol to my reefer. Nothing is wasted aboard
I store some clothespins on a small piece of black braided twine in my head. I
hang clothes to dry down below on a set of lines across my shower.
Water dripping there does not matter. Having the clips conveniently
located makes my life easier.
Each night I wash
my panties, blouse and skirt. All are hung up to dry. My clothing is
chosen by its ability to dry quickly without wrinkles. Having
clothespins allows me to hang items neatly.
Finally I found some colorful clothespins
that seem to work well. They are about $5 for six or seven
The ones in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
and Black have a magnet on the back.
The shorter pale green clothespins shown near the ends of my string
are definitely heavy duty clips. I like them because they have no
metal. Solid plastic works best in a marine environment, provided
the plastic is of decent quality. These feel a bit oily and are not
brittle. I believe they will last a long time.
I went to Amazon to see if I could see some that are
similar to the light green ones I favor. This is what I found:
Topxome 20pcs Heavy Duty Clothes Pegs Plastic Hangers Racks
Clothespins Laundry Clothes Pins Hanging Pegs Clips (gray)
These clothespins are
need to know: The grey clips shown above
will NOT work if you use 1/4" rope for your clothes line. These
are best suited for narrow line such as the 1/8" braid I use. There is a
slot between the part that pinches the fabric and end. A
narrow line will fit into that slot.
I chose to protect my items
from the sunlight as much as possible. The slot does make
hanging them on my black line tidy. I utilized that slot for
the skirt hanger shown below.
The green and
orange duo (upper right corner, previous picture) seem to have the non-brittle plastic I favor. They belonged
to a sweet lady named Mary who passed away some ten or so years
ago. I am still using them. It is a good way to remember the people
who were kind to you.
I utilized some of the pale green heavy
duty clips on a string I tied to my hanger.
The pale green ones are sturdy. I found a few at a thrift store
and bought them.
As for the hanger, that came from our boat and is at least forty
years old. I like that the hook part rotates. It is easier to hang
in various places aboard Seaweed. I have five of them that are full
sized. At a thrift store I found a smaller one. The nice lady at the
counter allowed me to buy it. I use that one for my nighties.
I prefer the old
style hanger versus the newer plastic ones. Frankly the quality of
the plastic ones has not impressed me.
I stow my unused hangers under the
step into my cabin. I drilled a hole in the engine-room bulkhead
below the step.
Then I put a fender washer onto a screw. Next I inserted said wood screw partially
into the wall. The extra hangers are stowed there out of the way yet
It is only occasionally that I need more than one at
a time. That is why I keep the spare hangers hidden.
Below is one of our hangers from
The Fishing Boat.
This is my cool island skirt. I like that it has a
nautical flare. The skirt looks good with my white shirts too.
the island skirt shown above, the acquisition is another tale.
It all started out with my friend Cheryl. She took me with her
on a hunting expedition to a few thrift stores. As we entered
one Cheryl asked if I needed any shirts or skirts. I said
"absolutely not" because I have plenty.
So as I walked down the skirt aisle toward the
back of the store I spotted the above skirt. And that is
why I have this lovely island skirt now. I did not need it but
golly gee, I do like it so much. Even though it might
wrinkle a bit I bought it.
This is my friend Cheryl:
I love thrift stores. There's always the chance of a
bargain. Those green clips that are holding my island skirt are a
thrift store deal. I believe I bought seven for a dollar.
It is amazing how
frequently I use clothespins. As the sun comes up in the east I pin
a StarTrek flag over my port side window. Yes, I am a Trekkie.
StarTrek Voyager is my favorite series.
I have the Christmas tree ornament
of starship Voyager. It used to light up though this past year
that part quit.
My Voyager trinket is still a great ornament and
reminds me of happy days.
Such is life aboard Seaweed. It's a wonderful life.
regarding clothespins: I would suggest you
start with a couple dozen good quality clothespins. That should be
enough provided you do laundry regularly. If you're like me you will
find a myriad of uses for clothespins once you have a supply readily
Happy boating to you and
yours. Thank you for reading.
Do you have favorite clothespins.
And, what sort of hanger do you like best?
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