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Old 10-01-2013   #1
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wasted space

hey everyone, I have a lot of wasted space in my cockpit, so I was wondering if anyone has ever modified their cockpit to add some storage space

I want to cut on both side of the tiller, the red squares on the pic, that area is all empty behind the panels, I'm wondering how tough it would be to do, I figure it will be simply put a "shelf" for the bottom and a "vertical shelf" to isolate the rudder post.

the hard part wil be the door and drain but... what do you think???
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Re: wasted space

Good idea.
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Re: wasted space

you can not possibly do this .. i mean customizeing your boat to be more usefull whats next .. oh wait .. I mean sounds like a good idea. a little careful cutting shelf, glass it back in and you have a beer locker that noone else does
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Re: wasted space

The thing one never really knows is how important the boat's interior framing is to twisting or other loads. If you're only sailing in moderate wind on a lake, there's probably little concern. Heavy conditions are another story.

I would keep the edges rounded. Cracks like to start from sharp corners. The best bet is a round hole with a round screw in cover plate that adds back structure.

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Re: wasted space

The "pockets" ya wanna put in would be fine; but ya'd getta lot more space iff'n ya got that O/B outta the 'pit!
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Re: wasted space

Cutting open those panels will effect the torsional rigidity of the transom which has to be looked at as a structural system. While installing circular inspection plates above the benches, and perhaps plates with internal "stuff bags", might be doable, I would be very circumspect about going beyond that as the transverse horizontal eliminate the tiller head exits through is supported, in part, by those panels.
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