I apologize to whichever Facebook friend showed me how the Ridgid 22-inch Pro Box can become an extra-wide kayak crate. I can’t find his name, but it’s a great idea. Instead of a hinged lid, I borrowed a Frabill innovation on one of their crates and employed elastic cord to keep things accessible, yet inside the crate if I capsize. I also securely zip-tied a Sea-Dog triple rod holder to the crate’s back. The whole project cost just over $40.
All captions: Dave Mull
1 / 6
This easy DIY project necessitates 1/4-inch elastic cord (we used white to show up better in photos), some silicone or superglue, scissors, zip-ties, an electric drill with a bit to drill the holes and a smaller bit to poke the cord through.
2 / 6
Plan your elastic “grid” to keep tackle trays and bags in the crate in case you spill.
3 / 6
Drill holes just under the crate’s lip where tying the cord will be easy.
4 / 6
Poke the cord through with the base of a smaller drill bit.
5 / 6
Double your 1/4-inch cord and twist it so it’s round. Tie it at both ends and dab some silicone or superglue on the knot to keep it from fraying. The elastic should be tight enough to hold your boxes inside, yet loose enough you can pull a box out.