BOAT MODIFICATIONS: Storage and Seating

BOAT MODIFICATIONS: Storage and Seating

MacGregors typically lack good easy access storage
and with this season taking us away from our home for at least two months
we wanted to make some small improvements
by adding a place to store extra supplies.
We found the seat between the galley and V-berth
to be wasted space – who wants to sit opposite the head (toilet).
And last season it became a catch-all for clothing bags, ball caps and galley gear.
 
After gaining some great insight and inspiration
from a fellow Mac owner, Doug Wendt aboard
Captain François undertook his winter project
(keepin’ the boat dreams alive)
Measure twice…cut once…
…the first cut (back panel)…
…Important next step…
…rough assembly + trip to the boat to make sure it fits…
A couple of minor adjustments then piano hinge installed…

…securely glued and screwed…

…it’s looking disturbingly like a coffin…

…front panel stained and silver trim to match the galley refrigerator assembly
with 4 coats of varnish…
A visit to R.E.D. and the new addition fits perfectly…
…and we can still easily access the storage below…

…Captain (of course) is very pleased…

…the seat cushion is back in place…
…showing that we will be able to access the new storage
with cushion in place (a latch with bungee still to come)…

…and Captain can still sit comfortably beside the galley

without bending over.

Now if only all this snow will melt so we can get this season started…

ALL THE STUFF

ALL THE STUFF

At the end of our first season last year

we were faced with where to store

all the boats things.

Living in a condo apartment means we have limited places.

And with a good deal of our space taken up with military gear

there wasn’t an extra square inch to put even a winch handle.

We compromised and took a contract at a local facility.

Now Francois is retired all that storage space is freed up

(and when I say ‘all’ you have to remember that it’s a small condo)

Several years ago we renovated our little den and installed Ikea Pax cupboards

to replace the outdated ’80’s closet.

One of the sales people suggested doubling the depth

(one installed in front of the other)

which invades about 12″ into the room but gives us so much more room inside.

…a place for all the Galley Kat things…
…and if we add one more shelf our Dometic cooler will fit too…
…there! all organized and secure until spring.
…R.E.D.’s heart removed and charging.
…bed springs – the only thing left onboard.

 

BOAT MODIFICATIONS: Galley Improvement

BOAT MODIFICATIONS: Galley Improvement

Last year I found that a port-side galley and a starboard-side refrigerator
was an awkward configuration.
So Francois has worked out a set-up that will make galley life onboard R.E.D.
a lot more convenient.
To do so we will have to make the P1 hold less accessible
but since it is the smallest storage area,
the plan is to store items infrequently needed there.
… our Dometic CF50…
…the plan…
…navigation tools are coming in handy…

…the base layer – access for the ‘hold’…

…base layer part II – cutting holes for the ‘important’ stuff…
…making sure the ‘important’ stuff fits…
…the middle layer – access for the power cord…
…the middle layer – allowing ‘breathing’ room…
…the middle layer – front view…
…tint primer…
…when one tint won’t do, try another…



…applying the trim…

…trap to access S1 hold…
…access to power outlet…

…holds all the ‘essentials’…

…extra containers to hold galley gear…

…new 12 V outlet with 6 amp fuse installed port side…
…installed astern to existing galley and secured with 6 anchor bolts…

…it works!!!…

…now I can’t wait to bring the rest of the galley gear onboard…