Wash­board stowage ideas

Practical Boat Owner - - Contents -

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: pbo@timeinc.com

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