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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

OK,
Some more questions:
How many people do you need to sleep and can they share a berth like the V or Dinette double?
Are you looking for a "lazy boy" type chair to sit in?
And what do you plan to do in that easy chair - TV, read, sleep, etc.
Do you need a chart table or can the dinette do that?
Do you need an oven in the galley?
What else is missing from the galley that you need?

I think the layout of your boat is really efficient and would hesitate to make big changes to it without a good mock up and well thought out plan.
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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

also, read this: Restoration of a 1972 Coronado 27
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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

ok i plan to live on it by my self when im 18 so in 2 years. i will do some weekend with freinds but i got a couch kinda a freind could sleep on and freinds can also sleep out side i don't use the dinnete other then for to keep stuff on when im working on the boat. also i barely use charts but when i do i have left them there before. i was also thinking if i get rid of the dinnet i will make a folding chart table.
and not lazy boy seat im not sure yet i know i can't get rid of the two bench seats on either side of the dinnette since there fiberglassed. im not sure if i need a oven yet

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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

i read that thread and from what ive seen so far my boat isn't a piece of sh!t lol

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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

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Maybe. But the inverse (making a boat in the living room) usually doesn't go over very well with female members of the household. I once tried to talk The Admiral into letting me stitch and glue a small boat in the living room of our guest cottage. For some reason she vetoed the idea. Go figure.

More to the point, most folks find that storage space is the biggest problem on a small boat. Come up with nifty ways to increase your storage space and you'll go a long way toward making your boat more "livable".

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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

I loved my Coronado 25 but hated the interior. It had so much wasted space inside.

SlowbutSteady has hit upon the answer- Stow your stuff and the most of the rest takes care of itself. (Thank God) the P30 has so many storage cubbies. I've made the most of them. I put a tension rod in the head, and my work clothes hang from it, but I can still use the toilet. Still, I had to learn to stow my things efficiently, and simply not have too much "stuff". You have to tightly pack your clothes, have a minimum of clothes that need to be hung up. If it weren't for the mini-fridge and microwave tucked away in the corner of the main cabin, you'd never know someone was living aboard.

An oven Huck? No, dude. Takes up too much storage space that you can't afford to spare, too much expense, complexity and danger. Buy a pressure cooker and be done with it. You'll be 18...how much crap could you possibly have??

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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

good point i just have lot of tools not a lot of crap tho. and i wanna do the pole for hangin stuff in the main cabin area

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The pole is a fine idea. It's not permanent and doesn't require hacking up the interior. Easily reversable modifications are the best kind.

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i don't need to worry about girls living on my boat yet lol

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Re: can i make more living room on my boat?

We have a 1966 columbia 26. We added a 3 burner propane stove and oven, after removing the alcohol stove and the cabinet below it. We also added two feet of counter space and cabinet beside the stove. We installed a bulkhead on the port side at the end of the new counter. This gave us space for spice racks and shelves on the bulkhead. The other side is now a seating area. (the bulkhead is in the middle of what used to be the port bunk.) A the base of the steps in the cabin and in the middle of the cockpit, we installed a pedestal receivers. We cut out a small tabletop that fits on a tube that goes into either receiver. The table stows under the cushion or the seating area when not in use. This lets us sit together to eat inside and out. We have been pretty happy with this configuration and having the extra counter and food storage space has made the small boat a lot more livable.
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