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Locker Storage for Small Items

January 9, 2017

When I wrote the following for Sail Magazine, I used the first person as if I had had this extraordinary idea. It was easier to sell it that way, I could write it more concisely, and since it was just a short piece in their Tips section, the back story wasn't important. But now I think it's time to give proper credit.

I love that our son lives on a 33-foot sailboat with his wife and son. But that really shouldn't surprise me, since that's how he grew up and what he knows, understands, and expects. And our 4-year old grandson neither knows better nor has a voice in the matter. But it's our daughter-in-law's acceptance and eventual appreciation for life on a small boat that impresses me the most. She has the creative personality that is required to make raising a family on a small boat not only possible, but enjoyable.

Fridge lid storage

When I was visiting one day, Hannah reached in the fridge (which they also use only as a warm spot to store what normal people keep refrigerated) to grab the cheese. I saw a new addition to the inside of the lid and asked her about it. She explained the purpose of the mesh bag and then showed me the three other places on the boat where they came in handy. I instantly snapped some pictures and got permission to "steal" the idea. The following is what I wrote for Sail.

When the contents of a locker or fridge are heeled and shaken, the small items invariably end up on the bottom where they are forgotten until their smell reminds us of their now rotten presence. We have tried baskets, but usually find them empty after a rough passage, their contents once again in the bottom of the fridge. Finally, we found a dollar store solution.

Good for small clothes in lockers, too

Mesh bags designed to keep small, delicate clothes from being eaten by the washing machine help retain small food items just as well. We attached the edges of the bag to the lid of the fridge so that when we lift it, we can easily find the half-used block of cheese or the packet of sauce that we saved. The zipper makes the bag easy to get into, even with one hand. We found we used the bag so much (and they came in packages of three) that we attached them to the inside of lockers and under shelves, too. These 33-cent bags make keeping track of small items (food, clothing, or toys) much easier, even after a long beat to windward.

A huge thank you to Hannah for the creative idea and permission to write it as if it were my own. They say you marry the person, not their family, but when you marry a "boat kid," you sometimes get more than you bargained for. She has pulled it off well and made a great addition to our floating clan.

Though we are not generally gadget people, we did buy an AIS a few years ago. MONDAY we'll share how even a simply piece of "safety" equipment can make sailing more dangerous if not used correctly.


Connie McBride's work has been published in Good Old Boat, Sail Magazine, Small Craft Advisor, Cruising World, All at Sea, and Blue Water Sailing. As a full-time liveaboard cruiser for over 15 years, she has written several books and in her spare time, well, who has spare time?

It's here! My latest book, Years of Ideas from a Simple Sailor is now available on Amazon.

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