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Tips on Boat Organization & Storage

Hanging Lockers or Shelves? 

Putting shelves in your hanging lockers can double or even triple the amount of storage in the lockers.   It will also eliminate the chafing that hanging clothes endure with the motion of the boat.

Board Game & Puzzle Storage

Store the game board flat in the bottom of a drawer or shelf.  Take all playing pieces and put in a Ziploc bag along with the directions on how to play.  For puzzles cut off a small picture from the box (so you know what the puzzle should look like) and store it along with the puzzle pieces in a Ziploc bag.  Throw all of the unnecessary packaging out. This saves a lot of space, not to mention no cardboard on the boat please.  

What do I do with my trash while underway?

If your dinghy is on davits, put your trash bags in the dinghy until you go ashore and can dispose of them.

How do I separate Pictures that are stuck together?

I'm including this tip even though most of us don't carry many actual photographs on the boat for this exact reason.  I ran across these tips in Real Simple Magazine & thought it would be good to share them with you.

  • Give them a bath (this technique can be risky so don't use it on extremely important photos).  Place stuck pictures in room-temperature distilled water for 20 to 30 minutes image-side up.  Remove, then gently pull apart with your fingers or slide a thin silicone spatula between them.  Shake off the excess water & place each picture image-side up on a stack of paper towels, weigh down the edges to prevent curling.
  • If the photo is stuck to a frame's glass, use the soaking method above, putting the frame and photo image-side up in the bath.  Scan it into your computer first ... you'll get a less sharp image, but at least you'll have a back up. 
  • If the photo is extremely important to you, check with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.


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