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Date: 7 January 2021. Hanger Storage.

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For at least ten years I've been putting my excess hangers under the step into my forward cabin. The problem is that the hangers would fall off. This "temporary" storage system was implemented over a decade ago. There needed to be a better solution. I finally found a permanent five minute fix to this annoyance.


You have no idea how happy this little change has made me. I have called friends, texted far away folks, and now, I'll tell you about it too.


About hangers: mine are from our 40'er and are at least thirty years old.


After I have washed my blouses it is easy to place them on the hangers. The shirts dry while hung
without creases. Once dry, I fold the clothing for storage under my bunk in the Seahorse locker:


 

 

Photo repeated so you don't have to scroll:

You may have noted the string with two clothes pins tied to the hanger. That is so I can attach my skirts with ease to a hanger designed for shirts. I utilized a 1/8" braided line I had in my stash.
 

I told you about my string collection in the Box of Small Stuff (line) article. This container is a little thing in the scheme of life. Regardless, having a box of string is far more useful than one might at first believe.

 


The hangers aboard Seaweed all have a metal top that rotates.  Some folks advocate using 100% plastic hangers aboard a boat. Because my hangers have not rusted after decades of usage, I see no reason to purchase new ones. Mine function perfectly. In my view the turning part makes the older hangers preferable to the new-fangled solid ones.


The rotating top of the hanger allows my shirts to dry along a bulkhead.

 
As for storage, I used to stow the hangers on a screw partially inserted into the support for the step into my forward cabin. This system failed regularly. The hangers would come off over the head of the screw. My initial solution was to add a washer at the end of the screw. That worked, but not very well.
 

Finally after knocking the hangers off one time too many I decided to fix this permanently. |


Eons ago I had purchased two sizes of L-brackets from a seller on eBay. The listing title was 10X stainless L-brackets. Unfortunately, the fine print said "quantity one" rather than the ten of each size I believed I was getting. eBay is great, however it is not always Perfect.

 

 

My larger single L-bracket I attached it to the bottom of the step support in the same place as the original screw was inserted. In order to make sure the hangers would stay put, I used an *8x32x1.5" machine bolt and two nuts at the outside end of the bracket. This keeps the hangers from falling.

*8x32x1.5": Metric diameter size 8, with 32 threads per inch, and a length of one and a half inches.
 

Side Note: 8x32 (spoken aloud as "eight by 32") is fairly standard for marine electronics. You might want to have some in various lengths for your collection.

 

If you would like more information about nuts and bolts,
the
Bolt Sizing Primer vignette should be helpful.

 


 

The how to: An L-bracket has an open end. I wanted a U-shaped portion for the hangers to easily fit into, yet not become dislodged easily. To accomplish this I retrieved my screw collection. One 8 by 32 bolt and two nuts were retrieved.



 

First I threaded one of the nuts on from the bottom approximately 1/2" (a bit more than 1cm). This was to prevent the bolt from falling all the way through the hole in the L-bracket. Then I took the second nut and tightened it up from the bottom.
 

Voila! One U-shaped system to easily store my hangers is made.


 

I am beyond pleased by this small change aboard Seaweed.

The HANGERS ↑ are now out of the way yet easily accessible.
 

The hangers cannot be knocked when I go into my cabin. The L-BACKET ↓ is back from the step edge.

 

 

Memory Lane: Growing up aboard our 40'er, Mother had a real antipathy regarding boats that hung their laundry on the lifelines. She was particularly miffed by sailors who raised their skivvies up the flag halyard. We kept our drying clothes inside or out of sight.


Outside, under the *gunnel we would dry our bathing suits. That way they were out of sight. Additionally, the sun would not destroy the elastic in the suits.

*Gunnel: the top edge of the hull.


Photo taken from the galley step, looking aft with the boat all opened. She was a beautiful home...

 

This quirk regarding laundry is one I have continued. I am aware that few share my views. Most boaters without a drier do hang their items outside. Dampness inside can exacerbate mildew issues. Seaweed is well ventilated so that issue has not been a major concern thus far.

 


To this day, I handle laundry the same as when I was raised. I can and do dry EVERYTHING inside the boat. One of the "secrets" is to utilize hangers for my blouses and skirts. I also do laundry every day or two so there is never a whole lot. That makes a big difference too.
 

Someday I'll get into the whole "where I hang everything" if there is interest. There are one dozen (twelve!) places I dry items inside my 23' long home. Let me know in the comments please if you'd like to see my setups. Thanks!
 

As for me, I'll be hanging around...


I will admit to being inordinately pleased with my new storage solution for hangers. Though a
small change, and now I wonder what else I can do on a minor scale to make my Seaweed better...
 

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Thank you for reading. I appreciate that.


What sort of hangers do you use, if you actually use them that is?
Do you get excited about small improvements to your home?
 

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