Adding Storage Access
Area Outboard of Settees
We found an area outboard of the settees where we could add a wine rack on each side. (A settee is like a sofa and there are two opposing settees in our main salon.) After considering a couple different options, we decided to store the wine bottles upside down and placed in appropriately-sized (1-3/4-inch diameter) holes to accommodate the bottle necks.
|With the cushions removed, a lightweight panel separates the wine storage area |
from the main salon. Last year, I installed two doorways in these panels before
I had any idea that we would be storing wine in this compartment.
Wine bottles vary in diameter, length, and profile. So, we based our measurements on Maggie's favorite white wine (Spier Chardonnay from South Africa) and my favorite red wine (Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon)--these two wine bottles were surprisingly similar in length, and profile but one was slightly bigger in diameter.
|Wine rack installed on starboard side, looking aft in cavity behind settee.|
|Wine rack on starboard side, looking froward in cavity behind settee. |
Note the end partition in the middle of this image.
|With the access door open, one wine bottle is stored upside down in new wine rack. Note|
the sock over the bottle to keep it from rattling and the shock cord over the bottles
to keep them from bouncing out the perforated shelf in rough seas.
Area Below Settees
The process of adding access to this storage area started with hand sketching the access opening right on the settee base and marking where the supports are located below the settee base. We decided to take both settee bases home where this work could be done on the access ways--it is much easier than onboard or on the marina's dock.
|The newly accessed storage areas under the starboard settee. The new starboard |
wine cellar is behind the doors on the right side of this image.
The total cost of this project was under $50. The mahogany 1x4's used to support the wine bottles was the largest single expense ($35). We are now able to store 18 bottles of wine in areas not previously available plus lots of additional storage under both settees.