10 of the Best Boat Storage Solutions
There is only so much space on a boat. Unfortunately, even a relatively large vessel has limited storage space, so you must pack wisely and bring items that don’t take up a lot of room and hopefully serve more than one purpose. Also, you can get the most out of the available space by adding creative storage solutions to your boat. Today, we present ten handy ideas for maximizing space on your boat and bringing everything you need for an enjoyable time out on the water.
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#1 Add Ample Pockets
There are many different types of pockets that you can attach to your boat in various places to store small items. These pockets may attach with little hooks or even hook-and-loop tape – whatever the case, put them wherever you have a bit of space, and you are sure to find countless uses for what can be stuffed inside as you travel.
#2 Bring Less
We can’t offer advice on how to pack up your boat without suggesting that you may not need to bring along as much stuff as you think. One way to approach this problem is to write down a list of things you used on your boating trip each time you get done and pull the boat out of the water. After doing this a few times, you might notice that some of the stuff you put on the boat never gets used – and you can then leave those things behind on future trips. Of course, this rule doesn’t apply to safety equipment like life jackets, which should always be on board.
#3 Use Plastic Bins with Lids
One of the obvious challenges when packing up your boat is that you must protect certain items from water while on board. For this, plastic totes with locking lids are a great pick. They are affordable, come in many different sizes, and can be used for other purposes around the house when you aren’t using them on the boat.
#4 Gain Control Over Your Ropes
Ropes are a way of life for boaters, yet they can quickly get in the way – and become a safety hazard – if they aren’t organized. Considering adding a rope bag or two to capture your lines effectively and unclutter your deck.
#5 Install Rod Holders
This tip is relevant and specific to people who use their boats for fishing expeditions. A fishing pole is necessary for such outings, but those poles can quickly clutter up your available space. Instead, use rod holders to avoid problems with your equipment getting tangled.
#6 Collapsible Supplies
You might be able to find suitable supplies for your boat that feature a collapsible design, so they take up less space when not in use. Silicone bowls are a great example of this concept –pop them into form when you want to use the bowl and flatten it back out again when done.
#7 Bundle Your Foods
If your boat includes a galley, packing food supplies for a long trip can be difficult. For the best results, approach this task like an RV owner would approach packing up their rig – use bins to keep food items together (such as snacks), and then put those bins in the galley cabinets.
#8 Try Vacuum Bags
Do you have some clothing items you’d like to take on your boat trip but aren’t sure they’ll be needed? Vacuum bags are a great solution, as you can fit many garments into a single bag without taking up much space. Then, if you need them, they are available; if not, they can stay in the bag until next time.
#9 A Shoe Solution
Often, shoes pile up on the deck of a boat as people peel them off to enjoy wandering around barefoot while cruising the open water. Have some storage options available for shoes that need to be collected, like a shoe caddy or a large bucket with a lid.
#10 Knives in a Drawer
Again, this is a tip for boats with a galley. If you need kitchen knives for the trip, don’t just place your typical knife block on the counter – it could go flying due to one angry wave. Instead, look for in-the-drawer knife block options so the cutlery is contained and not a threat to anyone in the immediate area.
Carport Kingdom Has Your Boat Covered
We hope these ten boat storage solutions helped you find a few options suitable for your situation! Remember, take some time to think about your needs, and contact Carport Kingdom if your plans involve adding a quality metal structure to your property. Explore our Build & Price tool to get started. Again, thanks for stopping by our blog; we hope to serve you soon!