You can go with the rubber bracelet approach . . .
Whether the weather is getting warmer or the pieces are just getting a bit more intense ahead of Race Day, you are probably using that water bottle of yours a bit more at practices these days. We've already covered one great way to keep these crucial hydrating mechanisms from damaging your boat, but here is another great hack for the rolling, sliding water bottle up in the two seat that is killing your crew's mojo: The Rubber-Banded Bottle.
We know this hack is in play out there, because we have actually heard about it twice from our loyal Hack readers. One version, which a coach picked up from his boat sales rep, makes use of rubber wrist-bands--the sort that charities and schools have been churning out for the better part of a decade now. The other version is even more old-school, using actual rubber bands, which work just as well and make even cheaper bottle stoppers.
Just like the Socked Water bottle, this trick saves some wear and tear, but much more colorfully and cleanly--and perhaps even with a bit of school spirit if you get the right sort of wrist bands.
The one place where this has using an old sock beat, though, is with its stopping power. As we noted above: that rattling, rolling water bottle is an unwelcome distraction in any boat that is trying to find its groove at this time of year. This trick puts a full-stop to all that, giving your water bottle just enough rubberized traction to keep it from sliding all over the place.
Got a nifty water bottle hack that you use? Share your tips--and hacks--in the comments below.
We heard about this trick (twice) from folks like you--complete with photos--so keep sending in your great hacks and tips to us here!