Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Westchester, NY
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?
After 33 years I have an enormous amount of hardware on board. It's stored to multiple places and definitely needs to be culled down and organized better. I have lots of things I will need for projects... screws,bolts up to 1/2" in multiple lengths in US and metric threads, washers in stainless, nylon and rubber (I am mostly in US and the boat was made in Holland). I have repair kits for pumps and the head, electrical crimp connects of every size and type. I removed the sink in the aft locker and put a cabinet with a hinged lid. In it are poly small compartments boxes... about 12 of them and that's my hardware store, pun intended. I have a quart and pint poly container w/ lids for old connections and odds and ends in another locker. I have one locked behind a bench cushion for wire of all gauges up to #1 and uncoated galvanized and ss single strand is in there too, Next to that locker I have another with bins of odd parts, teak bungs small busses and things like that., a couple of spare pumps, handles. Tools are under the nav seat and under the V berth - wrenches, 110v and battery hand tools, clamps, Behind another cushion I have a repair kits locker along with a bag of all grits of sand papers, a bin for brushes. And finally I have poly bins of spares for electronics' boards, displays, extra transducer, plugs, engine spares: gaskets, washers, filters, sail slugs and repair materials. tapes, plywood, teak, hoses and on and on and on.
I have so many spares I never have to visit the store except to replace a spare. But I spend a lot of time looking for the bit I am needing. I intend to cull and organize and inventory it all and put in in an excel file with a CAD drawing locator. First attempt was inadequate and I didn't cull down. So this is a high priority project for a rain day at anchor. I have large bins in my garage will boats stuff... 5 or 6 of them.
As I am not living aboard I don't need the space for living supplies. I have enough stowing space for for local cruising. I do intend to get more organized and create more live aboard stowage space.
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