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Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

It being cold and rainy it seems a good time to stay warm and think of ways to make sailing more fun this spring so one item on my list is what to do with all that "space" in the cockpit lazarettes. there are no doubt a million ways to organize the space so as to store things in there without the usual layered entangled thing which usually evolves after several tacks etc

Suggestions? Mine are deep and unlined so they follow the contour of the bilge but for a shallow sole at the bottom. Im thinking simple and ventilated layers with set backs (shelves) or??????????????????? for lines, hooks, poles, etc ad infinitum....Lets hear it from some of the veteran cruisers who no doubt have reached some kind of accomodation with this gremlin....
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

Good question. We have a row of hooks along one side for coiled lines to hang. Some like things are grouped in duffels - it's easier to find the yellow duffel than to dig out individual sea boots. Spare anchor, there's not much to be done with except keep it near the bottom. Other items, we end up with layers too; curious to hear suggestions from others.
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

Hooks for lines are a huge help and one of the easier things to accomplish.
Benny put a shelf in from the factory which is very nice for buckets, hoses, emergency tiller, and the required PFD's, Open the lazzarette and they are right there on top.(You know the guest ones that are on board to simply meet regulations Our personal inflatables are always hanging up in the main salon.)
But, even with the hooks and a shelf it always seems to become a tangled mess with fenders and fender lines thrown on the bottom. It is like the bottomless pit. Once in a while I climb down there just to see what might be hiding .
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

Put the line hooks on the lid, when you lift the lid the lines are right 'there' where you need them. Fenders and such can be the same, just let them hang down and actually rest on something.
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

+1 for the row of hooks. In my boat it is a simple wooden batten epoxied to the hull, full length of lazarette, with a row of hooks; each line suspended by a small string loop. Simple and indispensable.

I fitted a "box" on the bottom of my port lazarette, which is where I store spare oil and engine parts which fit well into the deep "v" and are now protected. Basically 4 sides fitted to the shape of the hull, and a flat top. Works very well. However, I have to say that I *thought* I was a fairly good woodworker, but I have never had such a frustrating project! Nothing is straight! Even with cardboard templates, I had to recut a couple of pieces, and made multiple trips to the boat. It was worth it in the end, and engendered great respect for those who build boats.
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

I have bench lockers here's what I did. Hooks for lines; made a canvas tool holder (for those I wanted ready access) and screwed it to the underside of the lid, a canvas pocket on the vertical portion or stuff; Built in a removable panel to keep things from sliding down to the bottom of the bilge, colored nylon webbing clipped to ring at the top and tied on to things that will be near the bottom to make them easier to retrieve, mounting clips on the bulkhead for spare anchor, bolt cutter etc. fiberglassed in a bos and put in a hawsepipe so that it can serve a stern anchor, used the space along the back rest to install a panel locker that opens to the cockpit.
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

Hi Walt
Like the ready bag for key tools Walt also bolt cutter location Im grabbing that one cause thats sure to be accessible whereas perhaps little else will....
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Like the ready bag for key tools Walt also bolt cutter location Im grabbing that one cause thats sure to be accessible whereas perhaps little else will....
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Bolt cutters, presumably for cutting standing rigging get a big -1 in my book. All the 'experts' talk about them as a necessity in case of shroud or mast breakage.

Here's the deal - when that that happens the crap has hit the fan and the boat is tossing around - do you have two hands to operate those cutters and really squeeze?
Heck no.

Battery powered dremel (or your choice) with a cutting wheel. Whack that shroud in 5 seconds, one handed, in the dark, on a heaving deck.
I've used mine to cut lock hasps I couldn't dent with bolt cutters.

Keep it charged (checked as often as your OCD condition requires), keep it in the emergency kit. It's 1/10 the size of even a basic undersized bolt cutter.

Sorry, now back to the original topic.
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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

We have large bolt cutters and you are right they would be tough to handle. With lots of rod rigging I dont think a dremel would be the answer.

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Re: Organizing Cockpit Lazarettes?

Chuckles .... I like your idea re the Dremel . Trick is in the "keep it charged" bit. Not so difficult when you are marina bound , harder when anchoring out long term.

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I've used mine to cut lock hasps I couldn't dent with bolt cutters.
I've found these things called keys work even better.
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