Organizing a Wooden Boat

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:

  1. The garbage (more secure than my last attempt)
  2. The life jackets (when towing or sleeping on board)
  3. 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.

DSC00449This is the location for the garbage, just forward of the library on the Port side of the boat.

DSC00451I installed a stainless D ring and a carabiner.  Now there is no risk of loosing my stuff sack.

DSC00456The garbage bags are stored inside the fleece stuff sack.  It will hold about a dozen.

DSC00457With the garbage clipped through the carabiner, it isn’t blowing off anytime soon.

Now for the life jackets:

DSC00451Notice the extra bungie cord also attached to the D ring.

DSC00452It can be secured across the library to hang your damp socks on (hanging from the first attachment point).

DSC00455Or, (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

DSC00438 I added oar collars.  These fit nicely inside the 2 1/4″ bronze oarlocks.


DSC00430 I then found these bicycling webbing straps that I never use.DSC00425The have a loop in one end, which I ran through the hole in BH 7 and secure with a fastex buckle.

DSC00434They 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.

DSC00432The oar stick aft and seem to be very much out of the way.  This will provide a quick and easy way to temporarily secure the oars.

Now designing the bimini/tent combo.  

Oar Stowage

There long, ungainly and important.  But, how to store them?  This seems to be the vexing problem, especially if you want oars over 8′ long.  And, if you settle for 8′ oars they will be a little too short.

Well, you’ve seen my 9′ break down oars.  Now, let’s store them.

DSC00427 Starboard side:  The water gutter provides a nice little dip for the blade section to rest into.  They also fit nicely along side the filler boards.DSC00428  Port side:

DSC00434And, I can still move the filler boards forward with the oars stowed away.  A little tight, but it works.

DSC00432I wanted a system that held the oars securely even if the boards were removed.  Meet the basic bungie cord.  Both ends are knotted inside the wet storage locker.  This keeps the system trim.  I drilled 4 holes into the wet storage area (2 for the blade & 2 for the handle).  There is a knot between the blade loop and handle loop (also located inside the wet storage area) to keep the handle loop from drawing tight.

DSC00433This shows the Port side and the proximity to the anchor arm.

DSC00426Starboard side Upfront:  I moved the CB uphaul line up higher on the seat longitudinal.  It provided just enough room for the oars to run underneath them.  The bungie keep things from shifting inboard and provides a nice spot to tend the CB uphaul line.  The water gutter again provides a nice notch for the bottom oar to rest.

DSC00423Port side Upfront:  When you want to retrieve the oars, you simply pull the bungie forward and slide the two stick forward and out.

DSC00424The knots are tied under the seat extension and inside the footwell.  This keeps it simple and clean.

I’m happy with this basic system.  Now moving my attention to fender stowage.  I do not want these things inside my boat.  

3 Modes of Transportation in under 12′

While at Port Townsend I learned a lot about sailing.  One thing that really impressed me and caught me by surprise was how efficiently many Scamp owners rowed their boats.  I would be motoring along at say 3 knots (totally guessing here) and the Scamp rower would be silently cruising along beside me at nearly the exact same speed.  And, they were not all collegiate rowers with perfect technic.  Wow…I didn’t realize how well Scamp could be rowed.  I knew I wanted to have this capability.  How cool would it be to have three modes of transportation on my Scamp.  Sail, Row or Motor.  I love the expedition feel of this little boat and oars makes it so much more dependable.  Besides, rowing is shippy and natural and silent.  I wanted oars for Shackleton.  DSC00450UPS brought me this gorgeously wrapped item the other day.  Any guesses?  Purchased from eBay, these 9′ spruce oars sold for $79.00.  Total bargain.

DSC00426I’m impressed with these beauties.  The blade shape was a little crude, otherwise all looked well.

DSC00427I reshaped the bottom edge a bit, nothing major.

DSC00436Then sanded the lower 4″ or so.

DSC00449Added a coat of epoxy.

DSC00426Then tipped the ends with red, just for looks.

DSC00437Then I took these perfectly fine oars and cut them in half.

DSC00439Reshaped the ends a bit to bring them closer to round.  Shinto rasp, baby.

DSC00443And added the carbon fiber ferrules from Duck Works.  This will allow me to store the oars inside the cockpit, under the coaming.  The ferrules actually add about 3″, so the 9′ oars become about 9’3″ which is even better.

DSC00446 DSC00445You need to be careful and not goop thickened epoxy inside the sleeve areas.  Otherwise, this was a very simple thing to do.  The connection between the pieces is absolutely rock solid…I’m very impressed with the quality of these ferrules.

Now figuring out exactly how to store these babies.