What is the issue?There are a several reasons why you would need a box on a vessel. Yet a box consumes a lot of storage space making it illogical.
Why address this?As with many desired items, the ration of inconvenience and storage room it requires set against its use will dictate its adoption on a vessel. The more use you can find for something the more likely it will find a home on a vessel.
How to address this?Tailor a bespoke box to the size of the back end of the cockpit especially on tiller boats where there is a lot of dead space. This can then be used for multiple purposes.
- • Fastened into the cockpit en route it will dramatically reduce the cockpit volume and add a good quantity of convenient storage.
- • Steer for long periods where you have to stand to look over a spray dodger can be uncomfortable. Lifting up the box and setting it on the cockpit seat it can provide an excellent stool to support an elevated view.
- • In marinas, it provides an ideal step from the pontoon. It is recommended in this use that it is fitted with a 'u' bolt and stainless strop, so it may be padlocked to a stanchion base.
- • If watertight, or splash-proof, it can be ideal for those wet or splashy days where you need to protect dry items in the tender.
- • With a good hardwood top surface, it can make for an excellent workbench when rested on the cockpit seat.
- • Likewise, a good hardwood top will make an excellent gutting block for fish.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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