Like most boats not designed by Phil Bolger, Flirt’s hull is not a square sided box. As her design is decidedly “old fashioned” with slack bilges, a long keel, and a transom that rises gracefully from the water, making anything “square” is a challenge.
With this in mind, I realized I need a flat area in the Lazerette to store stuff (this is a technical term) or everything would slowly try to funnel it’s way down to the bilge. I could have just simply cut a piece of plywood to fit over the space and called it a day, but I know from previous sailing experience that if you do not put things into containers, storage quickly turns into a vindictive pile of spaghetti as ropes intertwine with cushions, floatation devices, chain, anchors, and the kitchen sink.
A milk crate is thirteen inches by thirteen inches by eleven inches square. By laying out some cedar planks to fit the space, I am able to fit a piece of plywood 39 inches wide across the lazerette. With the higher sides of the planks and some yoga mats glued to the plywood, this will keep three milk crates securely square in an irregularly shaped space.
The planks are Six inches in height with a one by one inch support on the bottom to hold the plywood in place.
I will still need to cut the plywood to fit and then epoxy the whole thing to keep rot at bay, but you get the idea!