It’s always nice to have dedicated spots on deck or in the cockpit for stowing winch handles. But the various pre-made molded-plastic or fancy fabric holders out there can be surprisingly costly, when all you really need is a short length of PVC pipe. Find some pipe of the correct diameter to allow the winch handle to drop inside and cut it to the right length.
To mount it in place, you’ll need to drill one set of holes down the side of the pipe to receive screws and a larger set of holes directly opposite so you can get a screwdriver inside to turn them. The result is not fancy, but if you make enough holders, the savings may be great enough to pay for an extra winch.
Illustration by Erick Ingraham