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I agree this is an awkward shaped locker as it's deep and has the sloped hull shape at the bottom. Also, to get at the hatch you have to lift the cushion which is always covered in "stuff". It would be nice if the cushion was in sections connected by cloth "hinges".
The plumbing is a nuisance too. If I ever need to mess with that plumbing (perish the thought!), I think I will remove the Y valve so everything goes to the tank. Then all that "direct to the seacock" plumbing can go, which would pretty much empty that locker. This would make over the side discharge (like on open water trips) a two stage process: From head to tank, from tank to ocean. I don't think having to pump the tank over the side manually every couple of days would be too bad a trade off for the simplification in the plumbing.
My manual pump is mounted in the back of the seat. This is a great place for it. It's hidden but every easy to get to, and it doesn't use up any otherwise useful space.
I currently use this locker to store plastic tool boxes containing engine parts and filters, but it would also be good for extra ground tackle (a collapsed Fortress maybe), anchor line or sail, as it drains into the bilge and has easy access to the foredeck.
Let us know what you end up with in there, it's always good to get other ideas.