Rowing Hacks went on a bit of a water bottle jag over the summer--with the Socked Water Bottle and the Bottle Bumper--and those tips prompted one coach to share yet another, and here it is: The Water Bottle Tool Kit, Cox'n Edition.
Everyone loves a coxswain who has the right tool at the right moment, and if you are a coxswain on the hunt for a handy, water-tight, crush-proof, and yet lap-friendly place to stow those tools, might we suggest a water bottle? A wide-mouthed Nalgene to be exact: it fits everything short of a full size 3/4 wrench, will hold a full eights worth of 7/16's for an all-hands-on de-rigging session, and there's room left over for a few small spare parts.
The coach who suggested this one claims it was something that his varsity coxswain hacked up on her own, complete with a few spare nuts and snap-on height washers. We've seen the Nalgene wrench "box" before--it is neat trick national team coaches use when trying to pack compactly for jaunts to European regattas--but the tip that took this one to the next level was this coxswain's add-in: the water bottle didn't just keep her tools together and un-rusty, it also provided a dry place for her coxswain notepad. Now that is a slick trick.
Of course, many coxswains out there are already humping eight water bottles to the dock for their rowers, but we think this extra bottle would easily be filled with enough useful stuff to make it a worthy ninth.
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