Mounting a chart or map so visible while paddling

6 days 10 hours ago - 6 days 10 hours ago #37742 by Arcturus
Just thought of a very simple way to attach a chart to yourself, and it is quick-release, too.

Get a nylon webbing strap the same dimensions as what you would use for a belt. Seal any cut ends with a match or over a gas range burner, then thread on a nylon/Delrin buckle set that pinches open and snaps shut. You do not need to sew these on. I made a cockpit cover retainer out of one such set that even was molded to incorporate a tiny pealess whistle in one end, plus two similar belts for wearing with pants.

REI and other hiking and climbing suppliers often have spools of this webbing in different widths, colors, and patterns. They also sell marine cord that has retroreflective stripes embedded in the main color (which is usually neon orange or black).

Depending on exactly which chart case you get, attach the case to the belt so it sits on your lap. If the case has corner grommets, run the marine cord through two of them and knot to your QR webbing belt. Done! You could put both a chart and some printed notes in the case:  flip one way to see one and turn over to see the other.

In the photo below, the top belt requires no sewing at all.
The bottom belt comes presewn at one end, and you thread the other.


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5 days 19 hours ago #37745 by mrcharly
simple, obvious idea. 
Using a QR buckle overcomes possible issues with it getting in the way when remounting. 

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