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Re: Source for drop-in storage bins
Nice work, pdqaltair! I agree, I'd rather build things custom, but since I now liveaboard and don't plan to keep this boat forever, I just don't have the shop space, time, motivation, etc. to do any fabrication. But I do want to cook!
RegisteredUser, the problem with something like a cooler is it takes up precious counter space. I want to go drop bin for the exact reason you suggest: there's plenty of unused space under the counter that's inaccessible from underneath. So by doing a drop bin I get secure stowage while using otherwise wasted space and freeing up space above for other things. Right now I have the condiment bottles, soaps, and tumblers sitting in off-the-shelf wire racks that will require some work to lash properly, and they take up tons of room in the tiny galley of my 27' boat.
I've seen many modern production boats at the boat shows that include such recessed storage, typically outboard of the stove, for just such purposes, which is great. Of course, I can't find pics now that I'm looking for them.