[Public-List] 2nd installment changes for cruising

Richard Mair ramair49 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 13:30:19 PST 2010

I will go looking to see what photos we have..       right now it is no
point taking any as the inside is mostly apart for some more work.This we
will post on the refit blog when done.. In the spring when the boat is
mostly back together we will take some more pictures

On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 7:31 AM, John Flanders <johnflanders at rogers.com>wrote:

> Richard, thank you for this.
> Photographs would be a most helpful addition to your description.
> John
> # 624
> On 2010-12-05, at 3:08 PM, Richard Mair wrote:
> > Hello -
> >
> > Apologies for the long break between the last bit we wrote about storage
> and
> > this one.  We needed to take some time for family things, but we’re
> > returning to ‘normal’ life now.
> >
> > Last time we said we’d talk about the storage in the main cabin in more
> > detail (at least, I think that’s what we said).  So here’s an idea of how
> > we’ve been doing things.
> >
> > Starting on the starboard side, from the forward bulkhead and moving back
> > toward the stern:
> >
> > Right by the bulkhead we had our fireplace (now removed - to be replaced
> by
> > bookshelf, and a different heater above).  Next to the fireplace and
> inboard
> > of the regular locker, between the bulkhead and table, we constructed a
> > ready locker for storing the things we would be using for making meals
> when
> > at sea (we store fresh fruit and vegetables there at other times).  In
> front
> > of the ready locker we turned the space beside the table and close to the
> > fireplace into a single seat.  This is a good place to warm up when
> sailing
> > in cold/damp weather, and is small enough to wedge into to take off shoes
> > and coats or wet foulies etc. when coming off watch.  The charcoal and
> wood
> > and other fireplace supplies were kept in the locker under the seating
> area.
> >
> > The Alberg table, as you know, is very versatile - it sits in different
> > positions, depending on what we are using it for.   We found another use
> for
> > it, by turning the area under the table into storage for large bowls and
> > pots and some of our bulky stores.   (I found that storing things we did
> not
> > use frequently in their own bags saved a lot of time and aggravation - we
> > could pull them out and use them right away.)  We use a hinged, bolted
> board
> > along the top of what used to be the settee to hold the things stored
> there
> > in place but give us easy access when we need it.
> >
> > Between that storage area and the  galley we have a portable cooler,
> > strapped in to prevent it moving during travel.  It has some advantages
> over
> > using the built-in cooler - moisture that accumulated inside is easier to
> > deal with and it is less awkward to reach into.  Plus the top has cup
> > holders, which are sometimes helpful (so long as we are not heeled too
> far
> > over), and it is one more place to rest things when we are preparing food
> or
> > drinks.
> >
> > In the upper lockers on that side we store other food supplies, things
> like
> > spices, crackers, dried beans, dried soups, rice etc.  for day-to-day use
> or
> > ready access at sea.  All in waterproof containers, to protect them when
> > moisture found its way in.  We store pots and pans and utensils, hung on
> > hooks against the hull in the area below.
> >
> > In the cabinets behind the sink and stove in the galley we store the
> usual
> > kinds of things - dishes, more spices, cups, glasses, mugs.  We tried
> > different things for the cutlery - we made a set of small compartments on
> > the counter, then stored them in a container held to the bulkhead by the
> > area by bungee cords (thanks, Gord M., for putting the cord there - we
> > re-purposed it).  We are going to try storing them in a container with a
> lid
> > let into the counter from now on - that should keep them easy to reach,
> out
> > of the way and clean.
> >
> > Many of our tools are kept in the drawer on the starboard side - they are
> > heavy, it is low.  Heavier than the contents of the drawer on the port
> side,
> > since this is where we keep the various pieces of documentation for all
> the
> > equipment on board - guarantees and instructions etc. - and other things
> to
> > do with the operation of the boat.  Hopefully this is balanced somewhat
> by
> > all the other things that are stored on the port side...
> >
> > On that side the top lockers are used as storage for currently needed
> > documents plus a miscellany of other things - envelopes, cards, bags.
>  The
> > area below is storage for magazines, guides, books and some art supplies,
> > and has a shelf on part of the top (angled slightly downward to keep the
> > books on better when we’re underway) where we keep reference books beside
> > the built-in cooler.  This keeps the books easy to reach when we are
> > underway, and the settee is being used as our bunk.  We made curtains to
> > keep the contents of that area and the books on the shelf in place while
> we
> > are sailing - most of the time they worked well, but we’re rethinking
> them
> > now.  We put bungee cord along the back of the settee, running in a
> /\/\/\
> > shape between top and bottom - having borrowed the idea from Bill, whose
> > boat we sailed on in the races during Friendship Weekend on Chesapeake -
> and
> > use them to hold things like extra clothes while under way and cushions
> > while at anchor.  We used hooks at the top, so we could unhook the cords
> > when we needed, and eyelets at the bottom, below the level of the settee
> > cushion, and knotted the cord around each eyelet.  We may replace that
> > system with netting we can tuck things into.
> >
> > Instead of a single cushion we divided the settee cushion into two so
> that
> > we can get into the lockers below more easily.  Under the cushions we
> made
> > extra space for storing charts, which meant that we raised the cushions
> > slightly.  We did this by creating two separate areas framed by 1.5” by
> 1.5”
> > lumber and used plywood to make tops for them, then put an additional
> piece
> > of trim along the front of the settee to hold the cushions in place.  All
> > charts are stored in heavy-duty black garbage bags, flat and folded as
> > little as possible (though we have to fold them to fit on the table when
> we
> > use it as our chart table!).
> >
> > Below the charts, in the locker by the bulkhead, we store the sewing
> machine
> > and some of the fabric we have, plus some of the sailbags, all in
> waterproof
> > bags.  Though we did find out that some should more accurately have been
> > called water-resistant.
> >
> > After using the built-in cooler as a cooler a few times, we ended up
> using
> > it for food storage of the non-refrigerated type.  Shelves that will help
> > make things in there easier to stack and reach are on the list of
> > projects...  When he had the boat Gord M. constructed some very useful
> > shelves around the cooler, underneath the cockpit seat by the hatch, and
> > those we use for storing various small bits of navigation equipment, plus
> > binoculars and (again) other miscellaneous stuff.  Cans, sugar and other
> > supplies, in waterproof containers, under the floorboards - I think that
> > completes the storage in the main cabin.
> > Richard and Margaret 609 Into the Blue
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