I don’t have as much storage onboard as I would like (who does?), it’s a trade off for having an unusually large amount of cabin space for a 27 footer. I had a week long trip scheduled in early August, and I had been thinking about what can I do to add storage space before departing. This project had been on my mind for quite some time, but I just hadn’t came up with any good solutions. One day I saw a post that another sailor had done where he essentially built a shoe rack in the cabin of his MacGregor for additional storage. That got me thinking and I started googleing shoe racks for ideas, and I came across this rather interesting design from Ikea
There are two things that were really appealing about this design First, the weight of anything stored in there would actually reduce the chances of it opening while underway as it is actually pulling the door closed, and Second, even if it did come open while under way, nothing would fall out since everything goes down into the drawer. Add in the fact it was made out of polypropylene so it won’t have any issues surviving in the marine environment made it an ideal storage locker for the boat.
I measured everything out and confirmed that I could fit two of these in the aft berth against the bulkhead, one on each side of the cockpit well. They would extend forward and over the mattress a few inches, but we normally ended up tossing extra clothes, blankets, or bags against the back anyway when underway, things that could be put into the storage lockers, so we didn’t think we would really be giving up any space, and we would gain some storage in the process.
Installation was simple and took less than 10 minutes, they have two mounting holes at the top to hang them from, and since they are just polypropylene I just ran drilled a couple extra mounting holes near the bottom and screwed them into the bulkhead with stainless screws.
The additional storage has been nice, and being able to keep a few extra clean & dry towels and blankets onboard makes it feel a little more like home. They haven’t been a bother at all while sleeping, and the top has actually been nice as Jen likes to keep a bottle of water nearby in case she gets thirsty at night, and now she has a shelf to put water, her cell phone, and her kindle on while she sleeps. Since the units are made to be stackable, the rim around the edge even keeps things from sliding off!
Note in these last 2 pictures, they were taken at night with a cell phone camera, the LED cabin lights really do a good job of illuminating the cabin at night!