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Do You Have A Workshop On Your Boat?

I was wondering how many liveaboards have a dedicated workshop on board?

I have a workbench in my garage and a workshop in my basement and I couldn't imagine not having something on board if I make the move to liveaboard.

Is it practical to have a dedicated workshop on board or does one just have to make do when fixing things?
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Yes and no -- you pretty much make do with what you can create. Larger boats provide more opportunity to carve out space than smaller ones, and some boat designs are easier to adapt than others. In my particular case, the cockpit and docks have been the actual work areas.

When we moved aboard, I pretty much converted the quarterberth into a storage area for tools/materials/supplies. Larger materials (plywood primarily) went under our pullman berth matress forward. I accepted that using power tools might not always feasible, and laid on some old school hand tools to compensate. As a benefit, my overall woodworking skills have improved even when using power tools -- and I pretty much grew up in a woodshop. I've found that when using hand tools, I tend to take more time to consider exactly how I'm going to do things before I start into making any cuts.

I didn't leave all the power tools behind, though -- the Fein MultiMaster is almost always the first tool I reach for on most projects. I also kept a jigsaw, an RO sander, a buffer, a router, a small angle grinder, a Dremel, and cordless drill, etc.

Obviously, nobody has real, full sized shop tools on their boat. I have run across folks who have benchtop sized tools aboard -- one guy even had a lathe!

One thing to keep in mind is that with a little patience, persistence and an outgoing personality, you can often find other sailors or facilities in/around marinas that will help you out.
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Really depends on the size of the boat. One thing I liked about the early Niagara 35 was that the vee berth was basically set up as a work area.

On my 32 footer, I get by without a dedicated space.
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The entire boat is a work shop, from time to time.
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Seems to be a common response. No dedicated shop aboard here either. Aboard, we have a dremel and mostly hand tools. In our home marina, we have a nearby storage unit with circular saw, belt sander, router, even a small portable table saw, etc, and storage for sheets of plywood or other building materials, and work out of the back of a van. I miss the big drill press, lathe and other tools from the days we had the kitchen design business, tho!
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entire boat is a work in progress with basic tools& some battery types[skill saw drills etc]but i must admit to a machine shop and fabricator across the harbor at casco bay welding [at the fish peir across the harbor,on the portland side].hes my brother so the price is rite...only problem is waiting my turn...
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I have one, and it's 9ft x 4 1/2ft with 20 storage cubby holes. Then again we have a matching sized pantry too........i2f
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I have one, and it's 9ft x 4 1/2ft with 20 storage cubby holes. Then again we have a matching sized pantry too........i2f
Leave it to a catamaran sailor to try and tweak some envy out of monohullers...
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I have seen small shops that were designed in to fairly large boats, but suspect most would have to commandeer some other quarters, most likely sleeping quarters. I would caution one not to make any permanent modifications, or risk creating a functionally obsolete problem, if you can't easily return it to original. When most look to buy your model boat that typically sleeps four and yours sleeps only two, they may not appreciate the workshop as you do. Your selling price probably declines, simply due to fewer interested buyers. YMMV
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Leave it to a catamaran sailor to try and tweak some envy out of monohullers...
sometimes we pound like hell going to weather in snot. We make up for it with things like shops, etc. etc. Everything is a compromise. Just to rub it in when I can. Here's the pantry too......i2f
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