Under the forward seat of the dining area on my boat is a locker, a cupboard. It is a good size, but it is difficult to access anything in the back. Thus one of the first things I did was to install a drawer in the lower half of this locker, the upper half being accessible by lifting the seat. Now I could pull out the drawer and have access to the far reaches of the locker. This became the designated area for storing navigation charts, oversize cruising books (that would not fit on my bookshelf – see previous blog entry) and manuals. It became annoying to have to remove the cruising books to get at the charts, pull out the chart I needed and then replace the books. (Even with GPS I always keep the relevant chart handy.)
So while sitting at anchor in Garden Bay at Pender Harbor I went looking for the chart for Smuggler’s Cove and thought – I can improve this system.
My idea was to make a tray that would sit on the lip at the sides of the drawer. I would give the tray hand holds to make it easy to lift the tray out. To contain the books that would sit on the bottom of the drawer I would make another tray. Heck, let’s make two trays.
The computer cut pieces are bent, the sides are solvent welded on, the units are dressed up by flame polishing with a hydrogen/oxygen torch and voila!