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June 21, 2004

Custom Storage Bins

Adding customized storage bins to your boat helps reduce clutter and makes it easier to find important safety gear such as flare kits and first-aid boxes.

Adding customized storage bins to your boat helps reduce clutter and makes it easier to find important safety gear such as flare kits and first-aid boxes. Bend an aluminum strip measuring ?/$-inch wide and no more than ¼/*-inch thick into a rectangle (using a vise for sharp bends), leaving about an inch overlap. Drill and pop rivet to bind the ends of the rectangle. Bend two similar strips into identical, square-Js (the bottom of the J should be straight, not rounded) so the two pieces can fasten to the rectangle. Drill and rivet these three sections into one unit, forming a metal basket. If your console doesn't have enough wood to allow attachment, you'll need to make two hardwood strips. Notch the wood so you can inlay the aluminum strip; attach with stainless-steel screws. Epoxy the bin to the inside of the console. Mark the location, and tape and sand before mixing the glue. Fasten the bin with duct tape while the epoxy dries. Run a small bead of 5200 around the connection to finish off installation.

Jerry Parker
Islamorada, Florida