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Old 07-10-2013, 23:02   #61
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Re: Can you control how much "stuff" you have on your boat?

Originally Posted by Sierradave View Post
..... I'm at a loss trying to figure out how to STORE this stuff so I'll ever find it again. Is the answer lots of little sealable plastic boxes? Do you try to organize things by type (e.g. hardware) or usage (e.g. galley)?
I organise first by usage, but invariably room runs out so spillover must occur to other areas (eg spare food and wine goes in the lockers under the settee seats).

For me, organising things by type then helps tremendously with ever finding them again .

In deciding where things go consider:
- weight (keep the heaviest items low and away from the ends)
- frequency something is needed (eg under the bed is good only for rarely used stuff)
- if there is a risk of water damage (eg we have a dry bilge, but only items that can safely get wet are stored there)
- if temperature is important (below the waterline items stay at closer to water than air temperature, which is good for wine)

It took a bit of juggling initially and items are still moved around.

I am a big fan of labelled plastic containers for smaller items .

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Old 13-10-2013, 08:49   #62

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Re: Can you control how much "stuff" you have on your boat?

Originally Posted by gunkylump View Post
It appears that we may have Kewalo sold.....sea trial tomorrow, then a purchaser's survey......all should be good.

Today, we decided to go to the boat and start unloading our personal items. Two full cartloads later....we still aren't done. Still have tools, cleaning materials....dishes.....stuff, stuff and more stuff!

How do you control what you carry on the boat? How much weight do you think you have added to your vessel?

When we called it a day today, she was bobbing about at the dock like a frisky colt in a new pasture.......ready to "race all comers" she's a Bayfield 29....she just doesn't win races!

It seems with time....the adding of "stuff" just keeps getting deeper and deeper......can you control that?


One thing I do, is if I buy new clothes, something has to go. I've been improving my stock of "nicer clothes" -- shirts and shorts or capris that go together, for instance, but each time I do that I make myself get rid of something.

The non-clothes stuff is tougher. I really do need that winch rite, and now I find that it has its own nifty storage rack. Not sure where I'd put it because I really like being able to lean back against the cabin wall to read. But it needs a home so it doesn't get thrown about in a sudden wake.

There's a lot of that stuff I didn't know I needed when I started living aboard. Then there's the spare sails the old owner rejected. I'm going through them, but they look like they're still serviceable, and if my good sails got chewed up in a storm i would want to have a backup. I really wouldn't want to go home with a bare mast.

Personally I think if you're not tripping over the stuff, it's "OK." You wouldn't get my stuff off in two dock carts either, but I don't think I have much on here that isn't used.

I have no idea how much weight I've added to the vessel, but apparently it isn't really that much, because the boat has a "natural" (as in even a naval architect couldn't figure out why) list of about 2 1/2 to starboard. The storage space I use for most stuff is on the port side. I even keep my clothes on the port side, but it hasn't changed that list. So I don't think it can be all that much.

Let's not go "topic drift" on the list of my boat. Are you going to get a new boat? Have any idea what it will be?

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Re: Can you control how much "stuff" you have on your boat?

Originally Posted by Synesthesia View Post
It isn't that men require less stuff, it's just that they consider the particular things they hoard as 'necessities' vs ladies things such as clean underwear (clearly frivolous!)

For the record, some clothes and books most likely less space than the jumble of fishing equipment, surfboards, paddleboards, electronics, redundant tools, and other assorted space hogging stuff that men tend to load up their boats with.
I need one pair of Topsiders and a pair of flip-flops. My wife has a pair of shoes for every outfit.

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The secret to a happy marriage is to get a bigger boat so she can have her shoes - no argument.

Only rule is that if you can't find it when you need it, or while provisioning and cleaning out lockers you find yourself saying - That is where I put that... It goes.

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