Two years ago (on a different forum) I posted the same request. One of the replies made that big happy light bulb turn ON in the best way! I ABHOR toolboxes and bags - not only am I likely to break a nail rummaging for tools, rummaging wastes time, plus dirt and other undesirable unmentionables always collect in the corners and bottoms of boxes and bags. I wanted a way to store my tools where the tool I needed was immediately and easily accessible, and I didn't want to hear sockets and screwdrivers roll with each passing wake. Here is the pic from the 'light bulb' reply that flipped my (proverbial :) skirt.
Note the messy sloppy inconvenient bins with tools in them (rummage rummage) but the way he keeps his saws is Cool!
Here are some pix of how my boat looked when I bought him:
Most, if not all, boats come with a table/settee set-up. I hated, as in HATED, trying to protect the table from boat repairs
as well as rummaging through the storage under the settee cushions
and tools. So it was an easy decision to convert the table and seats into a workbench. (I'm not gay
, and my husband has his own boat, so there weren't any bow-babes to tell me that they needed a pretty table and silly place to sit.)
Storage is good, I wanted to preserve the cabinets and shelves.
In this picture, note the table legs and base for the cushions
, which is also a storage area under the cushions.
A few months and brain waves later:
The seats and table are gone, I designed a workbench with a flip-top, and am using the table legs as two seat-supports for winch
seats I found at Bacon's for cheap
. Someday I'll have time and money
to buy real seat supports and make some real seats. (Forever the optimist :)
Here is the workbench with the top flipped open. Notice, from the fourth picture, I recessed the tool storage and cabinets so that there is a place to rest your feet - kinda like the bar for your feet under a, um, bar. It worked out perfectly!
A pic from another angle, with the table top folded over.
Here is a view from the front of the workbench - since the table dropped to make a "bed" it takes two seconds to remove the seats. It is easier to access tools with the seats out of the way, and since everything on my boat is either broken, or attached to something that needs fixing, I use my tools frequently. (An understatement!)
Pull out the bottom drawer on the left to access the storage underneath; the cabinet in the middle has a removable bottom and shelves to access the storage underneath it. The tool-boards on the right slide out - I got the idea from a combination of using peg-boards to store tools and the dude's way of storing his saws in his toolbox.
Here is one of my tool boards - I used hooks and sheets
of soft polyurethane
cut and screwed to the boards to hold my tools. I've taken this boat through some really rough stuff and everything stays in place - nice and Quiet. All the tool boards slide out:
I designed all the cabinets with removable shelves and bottoms. When I bought the boat the batteries were alongside the engine
- they got hot, prevented engine
access, and were impossible to check. The base with the slide-slots lifts out and I put the starting battery
under there. Wonderful access!
I put half of the house bank under these two cabinets.
There isn't one single
second that I've regretted replacing the table and couch with the workbench. And the funny
thing is - before doing so, I desperately wanted a vice, and designed a way to mount the vice on the workbench top and remove it and store it underneath using the same bolts and boltholes - and haven't needed a vice a single
time since. Go figure!
For those of you who do your own boat work and have a SWMBO in your life - send her off to a nice resort spa for a few weeks while you replace the dining room area with a workbench. FYI, gourmet cooking
is my passion, and meals
are just as savory at the workbench as they are over the galley
sink or in the cockpit
. And even though this boat has a full-size chart table, now I always peruse charts
on the workbench.
Life is good.