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It's not the space (on our 50' Beneteau), it's finding everything. That's probably becasue we only coastal cruise. We use the crew quarters as the garage, and even call it that. The big things fit well in there, including the pieces to the sailing dinghy (not the dinghy itself), spare anchor (strapped down really well), extra life jackets, a net with a long handle, fenders and a couple hoses for filling the water tanks.
If I refurbish the crew quarters this winter, it will give us another real berth. The stored things will have to find a different home. That will be an interesting challenge.
davidpm suggested taking everything off the boat for winter storage. I've made several trips already. I think that will help us know where everything is, since I can put it all back in an organized way come spring. One thought is to color code things so everyone knows where they go back to. (The flashlight with the red paint on it goes in the drawer with the red sticky on it.)
defrich helped stow things last month prior to our big (for us) sail. He instituted a store-like-with-like method that I think will work well.
I still haven't found my multimeter (so I can check for drain on the engine battery) but I know where I'm going to look next.
Last edited by Bene505; 12-01-2008 at 02:49 PM.