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Old 05-09-2008, 20:24   #1
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Any workbenches aboard?

I'm probably putting the cart before the horse, but I have saved building my onboard workshop for last. Probably because all horizontal surfaces have been covered in tools, materials, and other oft-missing parts. I have a space in the forward cabin of my Searunner 40 that is begging for this role. I hope to include a couple of shallow, but sizeable, drawers for the most often used tools, and a large drawer for holding the many plastic parts boxes that I use for storing fasteners, electrical supplies, rigging stuff, spareparts, etc. These will be on heavy duty, full extension drawer guides with SECURE locking devices to keep them closed in a seaway. I want to include a vise for light work, great lighting and a fan, an outlet for the inverter, and a charging station for my battery powered electrical tools. I'll probably include a swing-out stool seat for spending time on some projects. Maybe a laptop spot to store info and make drawings.

Do any of you have some photos you might share of your own workshops aboard? I held off this long because, for me, this is almost as important as my nav station or the galley, and I only want to build it once.
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Old 05-09-2008, 23:06   #2
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Toolbox is on the floor and this is a REALLY old photo of the workbench
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:25   #3
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I keep my tools stashed in a place where they aren't going to be running around in the boat. One thing I've added to my little pile of tools is a two foot long 6x6 inch piece of timber. I can pound on it and drill on it while it provides a solid surface and protects the boat from getting banged up. Kind of like a mini workbench.
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Old 06-09-2008, 14:16   #4
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1/4 of one hull is a workshop on Imagine. There are 2 benches about 5' & 7'. I will try to remember to take some shots for you. I think there are 18 cubbyholes of various sizes. The P.O., aka builder of the boat did a good job of making everything useful. Please feel free to P.M. me if I forget........i2f
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Workshop... isn't that the galley, every table top, cockpit and floor, even berths when not in other use???

Mmmm seems like it is when I finish a job.
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Siding with Reality Check. Suggest deleting imagine2frolics post as highly dangerous. I almost choked when reading it....
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Siding with Reality Check. Suggest deleting imagine2frolics post as highly dangerous. I almost choked when reading it....

Totally agree!!! that kind of activity could alter the entire world of boating and remove some of the most time honored traditions and justification for doing it tomorrow and impacting other traditions such as thinking it over and wondering where the right tool actually is over a sundowner...

The world could be altered in ways we know not!!!! BUT... I understand they are people out their... even boaters who are afflicted with the lack of ability to honorably search for the tool you need when you have no other choice at hand other than work.
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Now I know why I need a bigger boat. More stuff can break, so I carry more stuff to fix what broke. Makes perfect sense?

Wonder if that will work with the 1st Mate might make her the last mate.
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