Washboard stowage ideas
Tips from the PBO Sketchbook
A. Hinged washboards save stowage space. B. But tapered ones, folding inside the boat, can be awkward to design. They might need metal reinforcment and strongbacks to withstand the tons of water and crew that could crash into them!
C. Some boats have one washboard that slides down into the bridgedeck. Despite seals, the stowage compartment often gets water in, so a drain to the bilge is usually fitted.
D. A plank across the cockpit stows boards and a winch handle, and is handy to fix things to. E. Stowage channels in a locker, under the nav table or in the heads also work well. F. Sometimes boards will fit under the top companionway step.
G. Doors on lift-off hinges don’t need stowing and can be turned to become washboards. A small board fills in the top gap. H. Transparent plastic boards need protecting from scratches. Original Boat Owner’s Sketchbook volumes 1 to 5 are now available to download from www.pbo.co.uk/sketchbook priced at £4.95 each. A limited number of printed volumes 3, 4 and 5 of the original Sketchbook series are still available from the PBO Editorial office priced at £3.75 each, or all three for £10. Order yours by calling tel: 01202 440830 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org