Date: 17 January 2020. Nifty Nantucket Bagg
(plus Harbor Freight tool rule)
Last month I attended the St.
Petersburg Boat Show. I had a blast. It was fun to look at all the
cool gear for sale. A couple items I particularly liked. Today I'll
tell you about the
Nantucket Bagg. It is super nifty. I like the versatility of
this canvas bag. Please Note:
Nantucket Bag did not give me anything more than information when I
stopped by their booth in the first tent of the boat show.
This is the Nantucket Bagg that I liked so much:
Like many of you,
I have developed a very healthy skepticism of any product review
that is made by an individual who got the item for free. Even the
best among us would have a hard time being totally honest when there is a
reward sitting in the wings.
In the interest of complete transparency, the authors of Beachcruising and Coastal Camping
(Ida Little and Michael Walsh)
did gift me a signed edition AFTER I had written about their
book in the
article. I am grateful. As a side note, I still
recommend this book for those of us on small boats who admire the theme of Low
Cost Voyaging, but aren't quite that rich.
My copy of Beachcruising is a much enjoyed book:
It's written primarily for campers versus
Beachcruising and Coastal Camping
proves that you don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy life
along remote waterways, albeit while roughing it a bit more
than I would consider at present.
I am well past the half-century mark. Decadence has proven
more important to me now than it used to be not so very long
ago. There are lessons for budget boaters contained within
the pages of Beach Cruising. I liked it.
Of course boat shows have loads of new and used boats
for sale. The good shows also have informative speakers and offer
seminars of various aspects of boating. One feature I find
interesting is my visits to the merchants. I want to know what is
for sale, what new items are coming on the market, and revisit old
The St. Petersburg
Boat Show provided lots of fun vendors.
Today I'll tell you about my Favorite Find at the boat show.
One tool bag quickly caught my eye.
The pockets in the Nantucket Bagg were fabulous. I like pockets!
The Nantucket Bagg has loads of sections. Pockets
vary in width. That is a particularly useful feature.
Materials are of tip-top quality. This is Jed. ↓ His dad
designed and sews the bags.
Charlie Cirigliano is the gent who created this bag.
Charlie's son Jed ↑ was there displaying the goods.
I am a bit of a fabric fanatic. Sturdy canvas is used in these bags.
The handles are woven. They are wide enough that a person could
carry the bag loaded with gear on their shoulder without pain. I was impressed with
Nantucket Bagg has a long
zipper that allows the bag to be turned into a bucket:
There are a ton of pockets which make stowing tools easy. If I were
to become a professional boat fixer-upper, I would want something
like this to corral my tools when going to other vessels.
Every time I work on someone else's
boat I end up making multiple trips to get tools from Seaweed.
Additionally, this bag unzips and lays flat. How cool
A bag like the one I saw at the
boat show would be a handy item for any of us who work on projects
away from our tool boxes. Those with larger vessels might indeed
find a spot for this in their armory of tools. To be able to gather
everything necessary for a job in one easy-to-carry container is a
Tools and the use
thereof are a large part of any live-aboard boater's life. I utilize
mine several times per week. At present there is nothing critical
broken. It's just all sorts of little projects take time and require
That I have many tools is primarily
because Daddy was a tool-aholic.
Daddy liked his hand tools. So too do I. Though old when I got them,
his vise grips are my most used tool.
Well made tools will last a lifetime.
A fellow boater
gave me a Harbor Freight tool suggestion/rule: He
said to buy whatever tool is necessary at bargain basement prices.
If it breaks AND is required again, then go out and buy the best
quality item I can afford. Thus, those single use items can be cheap
and serve the purpose without costing a fortune.
I do not need a big, heavy duty,
expensive drill. Frankly said fancy drill would weigh too much and
be too powerful for me to control well. A $10 Harbor Freight drill
will suffice at present.
At some point I would like to buy a Dremel kit, but
then I will have to ask the fellows for advice. I would like said
Dremel to do everything (drill, sand, polish) and be electric
powered. But that's another day and another article...
Not all tools need to be
Like most who have been aboard
their vessels more than ten years, I've accumulated quite a few
items that make my work easier. It is the esoteric
not-so-often-required items that a person will discover while living
aboard. Every boater will soon find their stash of boat gear growing exponentially
without much difficulty.
A Nantucket Bagg could help out
with storage of the most used items aboard a Boat.
The handy compartments can be either on the inside or outside of the
Any plain old tool
bag could serve the same purpose.
Those on a budget might buy a canvas boat bucket.
make sure your container has a light colored
interior. That will make finding things in said bag, tote, or bucket
Like many however, I appreciate nice things. In my
opinion the Nantucket Bagg is incredibly useful, so today I shared
with you a bit about it. I hope you don't mind.
Gosh, this whole article reads
like a sales pitch. It's not intended that way! I do want to point
out that one of the best parts of boat shows for those of us who
already have our homes is to spot new gear that would be useful
aboard. In my opinion, having a soft-sided, non-scratching bag falls
into that category.
Boating is not just beautiful sunsets spent at the
American Legion in Madeira Beach, FL.
includes wandering boat shows looking for things I didn't know
existed. As a woman, this
is the best kind of window shopping. If you'd like more information
on the canvas bag please click:
Thank you for reading. I
At the most recent boat show you attended, what stood out
as an "oh, I want that" item?
And, what is your favorite purchase at a boat show?
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