One would think that moving back onto the boat after the winter would be easier than when we did it the first time last summer. To be honest it doesn’t feel that way. Perhaps it is that we are getting rid of all of our land-based storage or perhaps it’s that we’re trying to do multiple projects simultaneously. Regardless, getting the boat tucked away “just so” is taking some time.
When deciding where to store things on board there are quite a few factors that we need to consider. The first, and probably the most important, is ease of access. Things that are needed daily need to be easy to get to. Things that are used very rarely can be hidden at the bottom of a locker. For example, the storage space under the beds is huge as you can see in the pic below, but getting to something at the bottom could take a few minutes. One thing we have done for this area is distribute softer objects into various dry sacks and bags that we kept from our kayaking days. We have each of them labeled with colored tags listing their contents in the hope that it will be easier to just reach in and grab the right bag when looking for something.
The next consideration for us is weight distribution. If you’ve ever played with one of those wooden labyrinth games, distributing objects around the boat reminds me a lot of that. Too much weight towards the stern (in the above-mentioned lockers) isn’t good. Too much weight up front is equally bad. Of course, there is also the balance from side to side to consider. We have been thinking hard about where to place the heavier objects to balance out other parts of the boat that hold a lot of weight.
Today we need to pick up the final bit of stuff for the boat: the cockpit cushions and the port berth’s mattress. When we get everything all put back together I’m sure it will be great. No doubt though that as we live with it we’ll find out what works and what doesn’t and make changes.