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The storage bins under the cabin boat cushions are fairly inefficient and possibly subject to moisture. to really get the most out of these i was considering converting them to drawers. before i put the sawzall to anything i wondered if you guys had any other ideas... ie some kind of malleable plastic bins or something to line them with? any tips appreciated.
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Can you post photos of the settees in question?? Without seeing what you're talking about, it is hard to say what options you'll have. BTW, drawers are fairly wasteful of space, since they tend to leave a lot of dead space around the drawer itself.
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One thing I did on our boat was drill holes in the bottom and top of all cabinetry (where possible) to put air holes in for ventilation.

I finished these holes with the 1" teak round latch opening accessories West Marine sells. You can varnish or oil, paint, etc...

Makes the air flow better for the stuff stored, looks nautical, and as Dog said, you're going to waste more space on drawers than bins.
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I agree drawers are a bad use of space - I removed 2 from my boat. For under settee bins you can install a couple of vents in the settee front and drill a series of holes in the settee top for ventilation. Lining the hull in the locker with a soft closed cell foam works well for insulation. I use Ethafoam in 1/2" thickness held in place with spray glue (Bostik SuperTak). I have heard of others using rubber mats to isolate gear in the locker from the hull. Either the foam or mats will also protect things in the locker from banging around noisily.
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QuickMick - You're reading Spurr's Guide again aren't you When i saw that section in there about replacing the bins with drawers it got me thinking of doing the exact same thing..

It's dangerous.. so many projects I hadn't thought of that are all of a sudden a good idea.
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