Sunday, March 22, 2009

Extra Storage

Many owners have found interesting ways to add valuable storage space aboard their boats. Adding cabinets, lockers, removing drawer frames and top loading settee's instead, finding empty spaces under the sole and cutting access(carefully) to create storage has been discussed often.
Gene and Brenda Brown, owners of Queen Mary, a CSY 44' Walk Through had a neat trick up their sleeves. On the saloon's forward bulkhead, they had displayed a chart. At first, that was all I noticed. They smiled and demonstrated that the chart, was only the face, of a large chart storage bin as well as a 'Drop Down' chart table.

Often today, electronics dominate the original chart table in the nav station area..a computer is a prime example. Having a drop down table just forward of this area, adds to the comfort of quick back up paper charts.

Also, just forward of the mast and between it and the bulkhead, is another wood boxed in shape that you might not notice. Well, guess what's in there? A washing machine of course. A Haier single tub version.

The Browns spend a lot of time cruising and have equipped their boat well with solar and wind systems, Specta watermaker, hard fiberglass Bimini-custom built in Cartejena Colombia and more. Nice boat, nice folks and good ideas.

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