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January 13, 2005

Small-Boat Storage Solutions

My small-boat storage solution relies on eight fairly watertight, plastic ammunition boxes, available at most sporting-goods outlets for about $6 each.

Owning a 20-foot center-console boat has always presented storage problems for me. After a year or so of looking under my console and seeing total disarray - as though someone had thrown in a grenade and shut the door - I decided to do something. My SBSS (small-boat storage solution) relies on eight fairly watertight, plastic ammunition boxes, available at most sporting-goods outlets for about $6 each. I found the boxes easy to label with a typewriter white-out pen.
The safety items - flares, first-aid kit, etc. - can be stored for quick access on top of the stacked boxes. Tools, rum and other not-quite-so-essential items can be stored at the bottom. I can find everything with a quick glance, and the wrenches, peanut-butter crackers and bandages stay clean and dry. It's now a pleasure to open the center console!

--Capt. Bill Hadley
Tequesta, Florida