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Old 23-01-2014, 05:59   #1
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Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

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My wife insists, that as much as possible of the storage space for personal belongings should be arranged in the form of drawers rather than shelved lockers. In Her opinion it is more convenient and adds to the feel of comfort aboard.
I have objected a little, as lockers provide some extra space, but Her answer is, that the far corners of lockers are not so useful and the drawers aare better for keeping things tidy and accesible.
Do You also think that drawers are in general superior for storage (assuming some shelved lockers are to be provided anyway)?

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Old 23-01-2014, 06:31   #2
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

I've found drawers to be time consuming and hard to make, are a poor use of the available space and are difficult to keep secured at sea.

On Boracay I went for a combination of shelves with panels in front with cut outs to provide access and deep lockers with down folding doors that latched into place with barrel bolts.

The lockers are big enough that sealed plastic storage boxes fit well in them.

Rather than drawers why not look for an optimum solution for each space?

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Old 23-01-2014, 07:04   #3
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

Cupboards with locker doors that secure. There is a blog somewhere were the owner describes a minor incident involving a jar of honey and another of coffee came loose and smashed on the cabin sole. Hmm, cleaning that up in a bit of sea would be nice.

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Old 23-01-2014, 12:29   #4
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

Each have their own advantage and disadvantage so drawers, hanging closet and selves are important. The drawer and closet space was what my wife liked about the Eagle. Each stateroom has a hanging closet and set of drawers, with shelf space on top of the closets and drawers. Utilize as much of the space as possible with what fits from floor to ceiling, and under the bad. If the fiddle or railings around top are tall enough they can prevent srtuff from falling sliding off.

One of the advantages the Eagle has is being a trawler so it does not keel/lean/roll much. For the protect warers like the Puget sound, Island and straights we do not have to store/secure/take down much. A sail boat is different.
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Old 23-01-2014, 13:31   #5
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

Drawers. In a beamy boat, short armed women will have trouble reaching clear to the hull and will be unhappy if it's a struggle. There are some places I cannot reach, and I have to get Jim to do whatever needs doing there. Drawers come to you and you can reach the far outboard parts simply by opening them. Being able to access it for yourself adds to comfort.
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

We voted for drawers. We converted our deeper shelves to drawers, and are glad we did. The lost volume from inserting drawers in existing cabinets is more than offset by increased efficiency in space utilization and ease of use. We now have drawers for folded clothes, dishes, pots & pans, flatware and food pantry. Positive latching is important, however, when at sea since the drawers will otherwise slam open-closed if not constrained.
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

we have two hanging lockers in the berth area. but two seemed too much, so i put wire shelves in one of them. probably quadrupled the storage area AND the contents can BREATHE, something a drawer can't do. happy i did it - the admiral is happy too.
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

Drawers are the most expensive and least efficient use of space on a boat BUT women like them so it makes sense to have some but not too many.
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

This is a question that has no right answer, since everyone will have there own favorite...

In our case, we favored cabinets to drawers.
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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

We have lots of deep shelves but few drawers, so we approximate drawers with Tupperware on the shelves.

Tupperware is awful for clothes, so we made bags for the walls. With mesh, so they breathe.

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Re: Comfort issues - shelved lockers vs drawers.

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We have lots of deep shelves but few drawers, so we approximate drawers with Tupperware on the shelves.
I think it can be accounted as a vote for drawers
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