Boating has become a favorite recreation for people living along the coastline. The owners of these boats should be responsible enough to take good care of their property. They should always be cleaned to make them efficient machines. A working area in disarray will encumber your capability to respond to emergencies quickly.
It won’t happen often but some type of urgent situation will crop up while you are in the water, maybe a leak is sprung, or fire breaks out, or somebody gets injured. Whatever the emergency is you should have quick access to the things that you need in order to maintain the boat’s operating condition and keep your guests safe & sound.
With some PVC pipe & fittings, you can put up a rack under the gunwale and keep things like chamois mops, teak pads, cleaning heads, extension handles, brushes, & other gear in an organized manner. It keeps everything from skidding around & scraping on the gutters as the boat is in motion. You can also secure your rigging station & bait cutting board to the inside of the locker door. Utilize the dead spaces around the boat as much as possible. Another point about this idea is the exhaust fans from the engine room would blow against the area and aid the drying of the cleaning implements, your chamois mops will not become rotten or moldy.
One of the difficulties with having a mezzanine-deck cockpit is a rigging area is missing. So, you have to rig baits by bending over a cooler and you will make a mess on the deck. One possible remedy to this problem is to visit Brummel’s Bait Boards which offers a bait cutting board and a rigging station in an all-in-one design with all the benefits as described below. Or you can contact an architect to design a multipurpose workstation with a small tabletop, about 12″ by 18″, in the forward part of the covering boards. You can have your workstation for rigging lures & baits which is conveniently near the tool drawers. Have it designed so that the tabletop can be swiveled over the water when cleaning. Also install a hand shower so that you can easily flush any blood or debris from the table. You can also use the table for making hook sets or cleaning & filleting fish.
So you see, you can always innovate on the cabinetry of your boat so that it is easier to keep it spic and span. All you need is a rich imagination and an expert on cabinets and drawers. In this way you can keep the boating experience not only enjoyable but also responsible.
Make sure your boat has an extra bilge pump for emergencies. You can purchase them at online stores selling marine pumps and bait wells.