My single biggest complain about this boat is the lack of storage I have. For a 27 foot boat it has more living space than most out there, but to achieve that, Hunter sacrificed storage for living space. When I had the galley rebuilt following last year’s fire I had the shelf area increased by nearly 100% with a combination of enlarging a shelf, and adding an additional shelf above it as well.
That small improvement has already been very noticeable and makes it much easier to keep track of things now. After replacing my electrical panel I was left with the old wood enclosure that housed the old smaller panel, so I decided to reuse the top of the enclosure to make another small shelf somewhere else in the boat. After a mulling over my options for a few weeks I decided to put the shelf next to the new electrical panel on the port side. I use some pieces of scrap teak trim and made myself a leg to support the forward side, and reused some of the joiner pieces from the old enclosure and came up with this simple little design.
Pardon the poor picture, I took these at night with my cell phone. The LED cabin lights are bright, but not bright enough for good photography. As you can see there is a 12v outlet right next to the shelf which makes it a perfect cell phone charging station, and with the 3.5mm headphone cable going to the front input on the new stereo you can charge and play music from a cell phone or iPod all day. Under the shelf the space isn’t wasted either as it perfectly fits my 10x binoculars.