Stand­ing stowage

David Parker makes a sim­ple shelf and in­stalls strong web­bing straps to stow a scuba tank se­curely in his boat’s cock­pit

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A shelf and strong web­bing straps can save cock­pit space

On smaller boats stowage space is al­ways at a pre­mium and while gen­eral gear can usu­ally be packed in lock­ers it’s the bulkier items which some­times have you scratch­ing your head to find space for them. In my case one such item was my div­ing tank – as you can imag­ine space is lim­ited on a 23ft mo­tor launch.

I use my div­ing gear to clean and in­spect my props and shafts and it has also come in handy for re­triev­ing items lost over­board or if an an­chor gets fouled. How­ever cart­ing all the kit back and forth in my lit­tle ten­der is a bit of a faff so I wanted to find a per­ma­nent home for the cylin­der on board.

With the hull lay­out I have, the ideal and re­ally only place to keep it would be in the cock­pit. But the cock­pit sole al­ready has in­spec­tion hatches of course and sys­tems lock­ers which also dou­ble up for stowage. I didn’t want any fit­ting to com­pro­mise quick ac­cess to these. My so­lu­tion was to build a tank stand that would be a sort of ‘half shelf’ de­sign: strong enough to sup­port a heavy weight but also com­pact enough to al­low ac­cess to lift the hatch un­der­neath. The load it­self would be se­cured by web­bing straps which would be fit­ted to the bulk­head. The same prin­ci­ple will work for my plans to carry ad­di­tional wa­ter and fuel jerry cans on board. Here’s how I stowed the div­ing tank.

Stor­age for the div­ing cylin­der had to be strong and se­cure yet eas­ily re­moved

Web­bing, buck­les and fit­tings are read­ily avail­able on­line

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