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07-30-2006 09:06 AM
eryka Think about your provisions, too, Matt. Take *everything* out of the cardboard boxes from the supermarket and rebag in double ziplocs. (pasta, flour, rice) or condensation will turn it to mold in no time. Cardboard can also harbor bugs which hatch and spoil your food and appetite. Some things also work in plastic cannisters, we like ziplocs when possible because they don't take up space when empty the way rigid containers do. Inexpensive plastic kitchenware from Target seems to work just as well as the pricey stuff from West Marine etc if you can forgo the nautical theme painted on the rims of your dinnerplates <*grin*>

Congrats on beginning your great adventure!
05-19-2006 11:41 AM
EveningStar Just a quick update....

I adjusted the hanger bar in the locker up a couple inches and was able to take a "closet organizer sweater shelf" from walmart and fit it in. That added 3 more shelves for cloths. Without measuring, I think I can fit another in there as well. I bought a canvas one for ease of fit and ventilation.

I like the space bag idea too, that will be great for linen and towels. Not only saving space, but keeping things for smelling of diesel and
05-18-2006 06:40 PM
sailingdog Might be a good idea to make the shelves out of wire mesh or nylon mesh, so the clothes and things stored on them can have good ventilation. Moisture is a constant enemy of things stored on most sailboats... and good ventilation is generally the only defense.
05-18-2006 03:36 PM

Hi ES,
I hope to be doing the same in a few months, after the refit is complete. You will be amazed at all the holes you can find to store (and forget) stuff. One of the better devices I have found is the "vacuum bag" storage systems, available just about everywhere. They can hold a large amount of soft goods, and suck down to minute packages for storing. I used mine for clothing, linens, towels, etc. Placing a dryer sheet in the bag before closing keeps everything fresh, and moisture is kept away. It's a wonderful thing to pull a bag out after a nasty journey when everything else on the boat is damp...
I would try and find the thicker plastic version, they hold up better to the boat environment. A quick suck with the vacuum and your comforter looks like a vinyl album.
Enjoy the freedom,
Buen Vento, fair winds
05-18-2006 02:35 PM
EveningStar Hey there all...

It's great to hear from all of you. So nice to know I have such wonderful support here. I'll be home tomorrow and convert my hanging locker into shelves first thing. I must admit, for as excited as I am to finally be "living the dream" I forget that it's not a house and I don't have to organize things the same. I have to remember to think out of the box...all pun Thanks for all the great ideas and keep them coming.
05-18-2006 01:18 PM
PBzeer Another useful item that I forgot was the little gear hammocks that West Marine sells.
05-18-2006 12:59 PM
bilkid13 Can you sew? Make some pillow cases by putting two pieces of fabric together and adding a zipper at the end. Fill the pillow cases with clothing, socks, gloves, scarfs, etc. and leave them on top of the bunks or at the ends of the settee. If you're really good at sewing, add a band of fabric between the two pieces to add thickness and volume and make them look a little neater.

05-18-2006 10:54 AM
duffer1960 We lived abord briefly on Lake Erie. One thing we did was buy an old van to store stuff we didn't always need but wanted nearby (power tools, roller blades, some kids toys...). One thing I wanted to do to it was add some cabinets and a clothes bar to organize things a little better, but I never got around to it. For the winter, before shrink-wrapping the boat, I framed in the cockpit and insulated it to give us an extra room for the winter. This made a great difference. I also removed the wheel and added a closet rod across the back, and hooks on the wall for coats. I ran a set of rope lights around the upper edge for lighting and it worked great.
05-18-2006 06:11 AM
sailingdog The other problem with hanging lockers is chafe. If you think about it, that can destroy most of your hanging clothes quite quickly, as the boat rocks back and forth, the clothes will rub against each other.... shelves definitely make more sense.
05-18-2006 12:50 AM
PBzeer Congratulations! Having moved aboard myself just last month, I know somewhat of how you feel.

Unfortunately, the C 30 wasn't built as a liveaboard type boat. Hence the lack of storage. The first thing I would suggest, is that as you find places for stuff, you make an inventory of where you put it. Since most things will be out of sight, not to mention, out of the way places, that will make it much easier to retrieve them.

One thing I did, I put all my clothes that weren't going to be used regularly, in the 2 gallon sized ziploc bags, so they could be easily stored in odd places. Right now, I have them filling the side rails in the vee berth. If you have a hanging locker, you might want to consider putting in shelves instead, as that will add much more usable space. Since I'm assuming that you are staying at a marina, and still working, you can use your car for some things. Particularly, as you work out how to use the space you have on the boat. And keep in mind, this isn't a house, but a boat, so things don't always have a certain place they should go. For instance, I use the seat under the vee berth filler for my towels, and in front of it, two tool cases. Plus, rather than have one big tool box, I have several small ones, so they can fit in different places. You just have to be creative, and not expect everything to necessarily be together, just because it's similar stuff.

Hope that helps a bit
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