One thing I love about a wooden boat is how easy it is to organize exactly to your liking. This is almost impossible to do with a fiberglass boat, but with wood you attach what you want, where you want it. You gotta love that!!
My goal was to organize three things:
- The garbage (more secure than my last attempt)
- The life jackets (when towing or sleeping on board)
- Oar stowage (when assembled and inserted into the oarlocks)
Let’s start first with the garbage.
I had previously used a tea cup to secure the garbage bag. This was very insecure and would fly off during transport. I want things nailed down, so when I travel or during an accidental capsize, things stay put. The tea cup hook just didn’t fit the part and it didn’t secure the garbage.
Now for the life jackets:
Or, (hanging from the second attachment point) you can secure the jackets out of the way. This means I can get into all my hatches without moving the jackets. Do you sense a little OCD here? Only when things matter…Shackleton matters.
Finally, the oars
They hold the oar just outside the boat and keep the oar from getting in the way of the backrest. The oars are slightly downhill into the oarlocks, so I don’t think they will move much from this position.
Now designing the bimini/tent combo.