7. Shoes on a Hook
Cruising sailors know how much has to be packed onto a boat that travels. Shoes are always a concern so instead of taking up the bottom of an entire locker, hang them with the help of hanging fabric shelves. These fold-up soft shelves can be hung on any rod and can hold a dozen pairs of shoes or more. They’re breathable and lightweight and they can hold things other than shoes including hats, gloves, T-shirts, or even containers of cleaners.
8. Bungee Cords on the Ceiling
Large flat items such as charts or cutting boards are unwieldy. Create a web of crisscrossed bungee cords on the headliner of a center console head compartment or on the side of a bulkhead and keep these big flat tools out of the way but still very accessible. You can use one long cord with an array of hooks or use multiple small cords attached point-to-point. Either way, you can magically whip up stowage space from nowhere.
9. Cooking & Happy Hour Necessities
So you’ve caught the big one and now you want to grill aboard. You’ll need spices but you don’t have room for bulky bottles. Try a bead storage organizer with small sealable plastic jars or even a plastic pill dispenser case to take along only what you need. For happy hour, consider making a plywood wine cellar below your cockpit or cabin sole and to bring it all down to boat, a portable shower caddy works wonders.
10. Less is More
Remember, space is limited onboard a boat of any size. Be thoughtful about what you need to have onboard, and prioritize the most necessary items you’ll need on a day-to-day basic or in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to ensure your have your mandatory safety gear on board as a priority.
The good news is that there’s no limit to creative stowage options on a boat.