Onboard Storage Bags
Bob and I have both struggled with the myriad of towels, tools, and other loose items that have lived in our quarter berth all summer. Every time we needed to get into the quarter berth to get to the wires or hoses around the engine and fuel tank it was a major production to remove all the loose stuff. We also have cat food and litter stored in a compartment under the berth, again a major hassle to get to it. We needed to use the quarter berth for storage, but it just couldn’t continue as it was.
After brainstorming the problem we came up with the idea to use the reinforced (100% polyester), waterproof, and roomy IKEA (FRAKTA) shopping bags for storage. By using onboard storage bags we would simply remove the bags when we had to remove everything from the quarter berth. The only problem is that the IKEA bags don’t have a lid.
|To be able to completely close the lids (and keep them from becoming cat beds), I sewed |
Velcro-brand hook and loop tapes around the three remaining sides of the lids and the bags.
|Here I am filling the first onboard storage bag with towels.|
|The new lid completely closes up the onboard storage bag.|
|As you can see, the quarter berth looks organized and attractive. Plus |
when we are making long passages and have extra crew (or guests) we can
easily remove the bags from the quarter berth. (In this picture,
the quarter berth cushions were removed.)
|Sunrise on the West River on Saturday, September 13|
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