[Large Items] [Problem
Items] [Information Storage]
"A place for everything and
everything in its place"
above quote by Isabella Mary Beeton, written in her book, The
Book of Household Management, in 1861, most certainly
applies to boats and is the motto we try to abide by on Long
Listed below are some common and uncommon items
that are usually found on cruiser's boats and how we solved some of
the storage problems encountered on a 38' boat - one that is
considerably smaller than most cruising boats today. You may
be surprised at some of the unusual items for which you may have to
||Place like items in one or more
container(s), usually plastic. You lose
some storage space, but we have found that it makes
life much easier. See
Galley Tips for
|Find Hidden Spaces
boat changes page.
|We searched, and found:
-Nooks behind drawers - built partitions to hold provisions
-Crannies under lockers - cut access holes and lined areas to keep dry
-Unused space behind foul weather gear - install helves and stow tools
-Empty space in engine compartment - stow spare belts, impellers for
-Inaccessible space in galley - cut access hole on counter top, cover
with Corian lid.
-Space between drop-leaves of Captain's table - built holder for liquor
|Match items to Spaces
||Windvane paddles stowed
flat in hanging locker, off-shore harnesses hanging
from locker door,
|Build Storage unit
|In Thailand we had a storage box
built to stow shoes and trash - items we had
struggled with for years. It occupies unused
space near the companionway.
|Pockets on cockpit weather
||Pockets on the inside hold
sunscreen, winch handles, sun-shades and flashlights
||Varnish, paint, Cetol,
brushes, sandpaper, polish rags. Most of these items are
stored in a medium, square TupperwareTM container in the
starboard cockpit locker. The
container is rugged and waterproof and contains the mess
if a container leaks.
Truly a problem for us as we both love books and
subscribe to a couple of cruising magazines.
||Once a book or
magazine is read, we trade it or give it away
immediately. The rule on our boat is that
if we want to keep a book, we must find a permanent home
for it on the boat or give up a book that we already
have onboard. We have a couple of permanent
book storage areas on Long Passages and 2 teak magazine
containers - one in the "reading room" (head) and one in
the main saloon.
||We have over 300 charts
and nautical publications onboard. The charts have
been organized by region of the world and placed in
large plastic bags made for charts - 1 bag for each
region. These bags and the other publications are
stored in a locker built specifically for them on the
port side of the main saloon.
- Tropical & swimwear
- Passages & boatyard chore
- Dress, casual
- Cold weather clothes
- Foul weather
||We rotate our clothes
depending on the season or climate. In the
tropics, our warmer voyaging clothes, sweaters, scarves,
hats, gloves, etc. are placed in 'vacuum bags' and stowed
in the back of our hanging lockers and vice versa in the
colder climates/season. Foul weather gear stored
in small, cramped wet locker.
||We have struggled with
where to put the laundry for years. We now place
it a small locker in the V-berth area - not the best
This is how we minimize bulk of linens:
- small terry hand towels for
bathing & 2 larger terry towels
- warm, feather duvet which can be
stuffed in small bag
- thin lightweight blankets
||Vacuum pack in plastic
bags. Frames are hard to stow.
current info in boxes scan and archive rest on CDs
Photography and Video
||a dedicated locker
machine and supplies
- machine stored in V-berth locker
- supplies stored in plastic
container in back of hanging locker
(hand and power)
- Small tool drawer under Nav table
for frequently used tools.
- Woodworking tools in 2 plastic
- Large tools in tool box
- Power tools stored in shelf built
in back of hanging locker
||Built storage container
to occupy unused space near companionway
||2 cu ft. and
||stow in V-berth while on
||6 cu ft of
dinghy, oars, pump, light, anchor, tow-lines
||dinghy tied on deck,
rest in cockpit locker; oars in dacron bag
||6 lines -
total approx. 200'
||cockpit locker stuffed
into corners and lining the bottom
||8 cu ft.
||most in cockpit locker,
lightweight drifter moves about
spare sails from 4 to 2
||6 total 6 cu
||tie on coach-roof
pole and tackle
||pole under shelf
tackle in 1 box
drogue and line
||3 cu ft
||lockers under V-berth
containers for fuel and water
for 300 miles of motoring in Indian O. and Red Sea;
water for 10 days in an emergency
||2 in cockpit locker, 4
tied down in V-berth, rest on deck
fuel reserve for Med and Atlantic
||Special built cradle on
stow in locker in cockpit
(or 2), fuel and hose
||engine on rail, fuel on
to be in vapor-proof locker
||2 tanks and
2 bags of gear
||1 tank by pedestal, 1 in
locker buoyancy vests and regulators in dry locker
dry if possible
anchor and line
||5 cu ft.
||lockers under V-berth
|Judi could not bear to
have Christmas onboard without some decorations.
So, following our philosophy for always finding a
permanent home for things we found an out-of-the-way
storage area under the starboard settee and in the RADAR
cabinet for these items.
equipment and supplies
||Almost all cruising
boats have at least 1 computer. It is a challenge
to find a dry place for the computer, peripherals and
supplies. We have Pelican waterproof cases for
offshore storage or carrying in the dinghy.
||We built a special
locker for our 'navigation' computer which folds up
against the bulkhead in order to protect it from
splashes that could potentially come down the
companionway. We then installed a flat screen
monitor, use a wireless mouse and keyboard. See
pictures on the Boat Changes page.
||Kept in standard
computer bag and used when we are at anchor or in a
- Printer, paper, print cartridges
into a cabinet along the port side of the main salon.
All supplies are stored along side the printer.
||Should be refrigerated in tropics; slide film hard to find many places so
we carry a supply with us.
medicines should be refrigerated.
- Flip-flops, sandals
- Hiking Boots
- Street or Dress
|Sandals and the like are
placed in a canvas bag when boarding boat.
The bag is placed below in the quarter berth when
Hiking shoes in bottom respective hanging lockers
All other shoes go in the back compartment of wooden box
that we had built in Thailand. The front
compartment holds a rubbish container.
||We have created
several MSAccess databases to store crucial
information regarding the boat, contacts, expenses,
item inventory, food inventory and location. If you choose to create similar
databases, it is EXTREMELY important do perform
regular backups to your data.
addresses, phone numbers and email addresses about
friends, family, and companies and our daily
||Food items, quantity
and storage location.
and other publications such as Sailing Directions,
Cruising Guides, Light Lists, etc. that we have
||This is our most
important database containing technical and location
information about everything we have onboard and in
our storage locker in the US.
maintenance activities performed on Long Passages.
||We have several CDs
with cruising guides, SSCA guides, old scanned
financial records and computer backups.
||Instead of filing
bills, forms, receipts, warranties, social
correspondence, Christmas cards, etc. we scan many
of them and store them in softcopy, printing them
out if required.