how to make the most of boat cabin space

How to make the most of limited space on a sailboat

Living on a boat can be fantastic, but it does come with making some pretty big sacrifices. The biggest of which is – stuff. While many people have too much stuff anyway, when you got from a house to a tiny boat, you may be surprised with exactly how much stuff you need to part with.

So, in this article, we’ll be talking about how to maximize space without going completely insane. Here are a few ways to get more out of your tiny cabin space.

Go digital as much as possible

All of your entertainment should be digital. While many people will groan about how much better physical books are (and I agree!), you just don’t have room for them living in such cramped corners.

Getting yourself a tablet and loading it up with movies, books, and games is an excellent way to save space, and it makes it one of the few areas of boat life where you don’t have to compromise thanks to technology.

Tablets are also one of my favorite boating “essentials” because of this, and they also feed well into our next section!

Go for multi-purpose items whenever possible

If an item can perform more than one task, then it’s super valuable on a boat where storage space is at a premium. So, what items are multi-purpose? Well, think about the most clutter-filled rooms you have and try to cut them down.

Cleaning materials – try to pick one or two multi-purpose cleaners rather than filling up your under sink area with every chemical known to man. You don’t need those things.

Clothing – Pick out clothing which is multi-purpose. What garments will get the most use? How many outfits can you make out of them? Store or donate everything else, because you don’t have room for stuff you can only wear once or twice per year.

These are just a couple of examples, but you get the idea. If you only use it occasionally, then it has to go. Unless of course it’s an emergency item.

Vacuum Pack Your Linens To Save Space

Okay. We talked about not having extra stuff, but sometimes you have to have extra stuff. You might need a jacket for later in the year, or maybe extra sheets or blankets as well.

So, in order to the make the most of your space, it’s a good idea to invest in a small vacuum sealer. These devices suck all the air out of the bag, allowing you to store clothing, sheets, blankets, and towels in neatly stacked packages, saving your storage space.

Install new storage options

If you don’t have enough storage space, then you could always try to make some more. You can do this in a variety of ways, including over/behind the door storage hangers.

While these types of hangers are normally made for shoes, you can get creative with it. They can easily be re-purposed for kitchen or bathroom stuff too.

However, your deck could also be a good storage place for items which won’t be damaged by sand, salt, or sun. This could include a marine grill as a kitchen extension, or even tables or chairs that are too big for indoor use.

Look for space saver items

There are many types of useful space saving items out there. While they aren’t normally very practical for everyday use, for the full-time sailor, they can be a life saver!

This includes folding stools or chairs, collapsible kitchen gadgets, and other gadgets that most people buy and never use. As a bonus, you can probably find some of this stuff cheap at yard sales or thrift stores.

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