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sweetdreams posted 07-31-2003 05:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for sweetdreams   Send Email to sweetdreams  
I am interested in what others have done about the lack of storage in this great boat. Emergency equipment, life jackets and a few tools fills the console almost to its breaking point. The forward locker is good for an ancor, chain, rope and throw cushion. Has anyone put a large cooler seat with mount over the bilge? I'm thinking this might work and still be easily removable to clean the bilge.
James posted 07-31-2003 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     

I have double batteries inside the console, so my space is really limited. I make do by keeping several Mustang inflatable (manual)life preservers, some packable light rain gear, some emergency tools, and a flare gun kit inside the console. I generally use the front cooler for additional storage and I pack a flexible cooler with drinks and food.

When I choose to spend the day cruising, I install the bow cushion. When I plan to do some drift-fishing, I replace the bow cushion with a 94 qt. Igloo cooler. Things get tight and very basic, when we fish for stripers with live bait (I use the console cooler for a livewell, with a portable Rule 500 pump).

You can only cram so much stuff into a 17 ft. boat and still manage to keep the floors relatively clear for a smooth run.


Barney posted 07-31-2003 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
James, This is good stuff to know!. B...
eportfolio posted 07-24-2007 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for eportfolio  Send Email to eportfolio     
I have a wood seat behind the RPS with my battery below the seat (above the bilge). My trim motor is in the rear port corner. I'm installing a bracket to the underside of that seat to hold my flare / emergency container so I can make some extra room available below the console.

I'm wondering if there are any side mounting containers that can be mounted in the rear on the gunwales that can hold small items and still remain dry.

bigjohn1 posted 07-29-2007 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
As already stated, space is at a premium on any 17 footer. Here is one thought toward efficient storage of tools and and emergency signalling devices. Two small Pelican brand watertight cases (ie. the 1400 or 1450 models) work wonderfully and don't take up too much space under the sonsole. Minus prop tools, one of these small Pelican cases will carry more than enough of the tools one would need to undertake reasonable repairs while underway.

On the prop tools, I run an ss prop with a Flo-Torq III hub which is torqued to 100lb.ft. I check it closely before each trip and have given up on the idea of carrying a spare prop and the PROPER tools required to facilitate a change-out while underway. If I spin a prop, I'm limping home at slow speed or calling for a tow.

Feejer posted 07-29-2007 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Ditto on the prop. I keep it in the truck or at the house. The console on my 2005 170 is packed. I also you the cooler for storage. In the bow I keep an anchor, 100ft of line and rode (4) 25 foot dock lines and 2 bumpers.
Floodtide posted 07-30-2007 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Floodtide  Send Email to Floodtide     
I use a cooler in the stern for storage and addition seating. Works great and it's affordable.

I decided not to put a second battery, but instead I have a smaller jump-start power-pack just in-case.

Chuck Tribolet posted 07-31-2007 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Life jackets and throw cushion shouldn't be stashed inside
anything. They should be RIGHT THERE. My throw cushion is
hung from my O2 tank (O2 hfor dive emergencies). My PFDs are in
a velcro bag that clips to the side rails and stays off the
deck. When we are at anchor, I flip it outboard of the rails
for more space.

My bow locker has anchor, chain, line, two of three fenders,
and the current line (150' of 1/4" poly with a buoy on one
end for a diver to pull themselves back to the boat) and
25' of poly that's handy of someone wants to tie behind me
to dive the same site.

In the console: A Pelican laptop case with tools (LOTS of tools), a big pelican with big first aid kit, mid-size Pelican
with save-a-dive kit and another with camera stuff. Some small
to tiny Pelicans with my stuff, Linda's stuff, cell phone,
spare mask. And four hat loose, and a velcro bat with spare
dive gloves, dive hoods, regular gloves, jacket, and some
other warm stuff.

And there's a bunch of misc stuff stuffed in the RPS.


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