I think cockpit
storage is a good analogy when answering your Q. Inevitably, we all find we need space for bulk storage (spare line, sails
, deflated dink et al.) yet we also need dedicated storage areas so everything in a locker doesn't just become one big pile and therefore dysfunctional from a retrieval standpoint.
The same is true in large storage areas belowdecks. Under-berth stowage (V-berth, Q-berth, settee seat back areas) become more practical when the cushions
and supporting bin covers are cut to allow incremental access, and when partitions, containers and a bit of light are employed so that one can somewhat discretely find and remove one item, perhaps by only having to shift a few items, rather than rooting thru everything in the dark.
I think the same applies to hanging locker storage. Some such storage is very useful (altho' the last thing I'd use it for is foul weather gear), e.g. if you need to carry a single
dressy jacket (men's or women's) and other such items. (Several times we've only been able to access once-in-a-lifetime events
because we could 'dress up'; only due to Patricia's initial insistence did we have the formal clothes to take advantage of these events). Just as Jon relates, we've converted most hanging locker spaces to either machinery spaces or bulk storage (one is my tool locker). However, keeping one hanging locker to serve as such has proven useful...but then, WHOOSH did offer us choices. On the last boat, with only one hanging locker, it was all converted over to shelves out of necessity.
We keep foul weather gear hanging behind the forward cabin
door when in port, where it can air out. When underway, it hangs in the shower
- a good place for it inbetween wet weather periods. We keep it separate from 'real' clothes because the inevitable salt
(and eventually, some amount of mold) will contaminate clothing
. It also doesn't breathe as well in a closet.
Drawers are very functional but not optimally efficient. We have a lot of them but, in a few cases I found it more useful to whack off the drawer front, add some hinges, and use the interior
space as a locker vs. keeping the drawer. This results in more useable volume and, when drawers are smaller to begin with, reasonable access to what's in the locker.
Lots of choices, none of them absolute 'good' or 'bad' ones.