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Old 25-05-2010, 10:36   #1
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Tips and Tricks for Space-Saving Storage ?

Newbie here with a question for all of you live aboards. How do you arrange your stuff ,so that it takes up minimum space. Any tricks you could share ? Thanks in advance .
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Old 25-05-2010, 11:36   #2
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Storage hammocks, soft bags instead of hard cases, shelving with fids and/or fiddle boards.- these can be helpfull, but above all else, have less stuff. Enjoy the freedom of non-ownership! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Adax, We just put a post up on our Beach House website that addresses some of those very questions.
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Get rid of a lot of stuff that you don't need. "Systems" take up valuable storage space and their installations make it harder to get to different parts of the boat. Cut down on clutter, and don't be afraid to throw stuff away.
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Old 25-05-2010, 12:59   #5
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Be brave and cast the clutter adrift. You will be surprised what you dont need
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Old 25-05-2010, 13:07   #6
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Look at all the spaces you have that dont get utilized. Then work out how you are going to stuff crap in there.

We have 2 verticle aft lazarettes, one has the fenders and mooring lines the other the auto pilot and shore power cables but lots of unused space. I dont like stuff to bump against the auto pilot gizmo but Nicolle used an old laundry basket to act as a cupboard to store our garbage bags!


Some time creativity takes a while to occur, so just go slowly around the boat and work out anything you thing may be wasted space. Let it rest in your brain a few days (or weeks in my case!) and you will work out a trick for it


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Old 25-05-2010, 13:13   #7
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your personal details say that you're looking forward to a vintage wooden sailboat between 25-30 feet. yikes! depending upon what you mean by "vintage," you could be talking an absolutely spartan lifestyle in terms of stuff. older boats tend to be much more narrow in the beam, and to have long overhangs bow and stern. Bilges is some wooden designs are infinitesimally smaller. What this means is that interior space is far less commodious than modern designs.

so when a guy living in a modern production boat with a 14-foot beam says, "Get rid of your stuff," figure on having to multiply that by a factor of three.
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Old 25-05-2010, 14:21   #9
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12 volt shop vac and Walmart.com: Spacemaker Bag Combo Pack: Storage & Organization
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I use the camping cooking pots. The handles all fold back around the pot and they nest into each other. That saves a lot of cabinet space ... especially since I only have one cabinet.
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Look up in hanging lockers. On our previous boat (a LN35 ), I was amazed at how much we could store in several of those Costco plastic peanut jars with the lids screwed to the overhead in a locker. We kept all the spare light bulbs, engine spares, and other small stuff that way. Each jar was a category. We didn't need labels as we could see the stuff in the jars. It used up an otherwise completely wasted space.
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yikes! depending upon what you mean by "vintage," you could be talking an absolutely spartan lifestyle in terms of stuff. .....

so when a guy living in a modern production boat with a 14-foot beam says, "Get rid of your stuff," figure on having to multiply that by a factor of three.

Yes. In our big lazarette we have 14 gerry cans, 1 9.9OB we dont use (its for sale), a suitcase, etc etc and the dinghy rolls up and lives in there too. I am also selling 8 of the gerry cans as we don't need as much fuel storage now we are back in civilized waters

If you are long term cruising buy a boat for storage, not for asthetics
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your personal details say that you're looking forward to a vintage wooden sailboat between 25-30 feet. yikes! .

There's a lot said in that line. I'd bet a lot of people love the idea of vinatage wooden boats (me included). But when it come$ time to buy, might be be$t to admire that wood boat from afar.

My response to your question is, it's an ongoing process. It includes all of the above.

Buying things in minature.
Finding that this can do double purpose for that.
Discovering voids in your boat.

I think my bigger problem is remembering where I tuck things, or even that I have something. There is a thread here about things discovered on boats, left by previous owners or lost by current owners after years of hiding in a cubby hole.
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If you must have that vintage boat, decide what you can't live without. Think about it for a couple of weeks, then decide again what you really, really need. Repeat this until you are down to the bare minimum of clothes you need, a couple of pairs of shoes and a few luxuries.Look at the boat and decide again how much you can dispense with. Even when you get to this point, finding space for enough food and water for an ocean crossing will be a significant hurdle.
The tips above are all good and you'll become an expert at spotting any little area that just begs to be filled with some of those spares you know you have to have.
There was a reason why the sailors on older wooden boats carried all their possesions in a duffel.

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Here are a few tips I have picked up living aboard:

Don't save packaging, at all. Don't save warranty cards or UPCs or anything, thinking "I might return this, or ship it, or sell it, or need it for a warranty." You won't, just toss it.

Put your genoa in a bag, left hanked on. I think that sail bags get twice as big when they go through a hatch. Its been proven scientifically.

Hang things. Cup hooks can do a lot to increase stowage space.

Delete accommodations. Get rid of one berth and you have a ton of new storage space.

Things you barely ever use, but need, go deep in the lockers. Things you use every day go on shelves. This should sort itself out.

Gear hammocks are the enemy. I hate them.
Get rid of kitchen gadgets. All you need is a good knife, a cutting board, a saucepot, a skillet, a big stock pot, some mugs, some bowls, and silverware.

Plates are not so great aboard a boat, bowls are better.

Also, about living on a 25' wood boat. If you want living space, keep it inside a workshop, on land. With sawhorses, powertools, paint booths etc.

Just get a boat made of low-maintenance material with classic lines. If you want to suffer like wood boat owners do, varnish all of the brightwork.

Now imagine doing that task weekly. That is wooden boat maintenance.
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