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Old 07-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Locker bottoms

Like almost everyone, I have settee lockers which have the hull of the boat as their bottom. This is an awkward shape, but maximizes the volume of the locker.

For years I have been living with this. Recently I have re-thought this. Trying to improve my canned goods locker, I decided to put in plastic boxes to hold cans - both to organize them and to keep occasional small amounts of sea water from attacking the cans.

After trying different boxes, I realized they needed a flat bottom to rest on or they get damaged quickly. I took one locker and put 3/4 inch quarter-round stock glued and screwed to the wood and cut locker bottoms of marine plywood to rest on the quarter-round and the hull.

The locker is 3 or 4 inches shallower, but still has 9 full inches above the shelf. I now have my food in boxes that sit on the false bottom I created. I can store things like extra lengths of hose below the bottom - stuff I probably never need and which won't be damaged by sea water.

This worked so well, I've decided to do more of my lockers.

Has anyone else done this? If so, how has it worked out for you? So far I find that while I have slightly less storage space, the space I have is far more useable.

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Old 07-28-2012, 01:45 AM   #2
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We've done something similar in that we place oddly shaped things in the bottom and then we sit bins on top of that stuff. Under the settee seats we just have water tanks but in the storage areas behind the settee seats the hull still has that whole big curve thing going on and that's where I do what you're talking about. Also, under one of the berths it's that way--curved and I've placed big bulking things down below bins which reside on top of them.
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