Date: 24 February 2014. In the Head.
bought Seaweed she had no medicine locker in the head though there
was an inadequate, small area tucked under the sink that might have
sufficed if I were male. Fortunately Chris (of Rust Enough) came to
the rescue with an old electrical panel box that he gifted me.
Turned on edge it is perfection indeed.
is Chris on his tug boat Rust Enough:
we have on boats is that they move. It is one of the best parts about
boating too, but keeping our gear in place can become problematic.
In that regard a bit of ingenuity resolved the issue aboard Seaweed
-- and you can do it too. For free, which is simply an awesome
This is my medicine
You will note three shelves.
The supports are small pieces of wood screwed into the sides of the
box. The shelves themselves were run thru a saw -- one chunk of
oak became three shelves for my girl stuff. In the center is a small piece of ebony. It rotates. Also, at the bottom left
corner is a little pan-head screw that is
raised (not flush with the bottom shelf).
I know that your standard Fiddles
(small pieces of wood usually that hold items in place) work well,
however they do take space and my medicine locker simply did not have
the depth to give up for fiddles to work. That is when I put on
my thinking cap and came up with the Medicine Lock.
Locate a throw-away plastic box in
the appropriate size for your locker. Clear is best.
Cut one side of the box just smaller than the
Add one large hole for your finger
-- so you can remove it easily.
Next cut out the area that your
wooden peg will slip thru. Mine is above the shelf so that when
gravity does it's job the plastic will not fall free.
The next problem I had was in
alignment -- the tiny screw down in the left corner solved that. The
plastic tucks right behind it and voila: protection for my goods.
And I can close the locker with ease because the plastic doesn't
slip out of place.
When I open the medicine locker I
can see what has shifted forward. Because the plastic moves a bit all
I have to do is tap it and stuff moves back where it belongs. By
twisting the wooden closure I can open the locker and use the
contents with ease.
The hardest part of the whole
project was finding a plastic box. I was not going to pay perfectly
good money and then chop something up. I believed folks would
throw clear plastic containers away far more often than experience
taught me. They do but sometimes it takes a while
so keep your eyes peeled.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in
others; for beautiful lips,
speak only words of kindness;
and for poise,
walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn.
Anja is a
wonderful steel ketch I met recently. She is a replica of Joshua Slocum's
Spray has a cool gizmo in the head. It is a clothes drier line gizmo
thingy that extends from one bulkhead to the other. A few clothes
pins and voila: a place to dry items inside the boat.
bar extends across the cabin and attaches to the opposite bulkhead.
Four lines are available for hanging clothes inside. Because
it is located in the head, a bit of water will not matter in the
It is these
"little things" that make our homes comfortable. On Anja, Lori's clothes
dryer line certainly has caught my attention. I shall be looking for
something similar. Go aboard a boat
that has been home for a length of time and you too will discover all sorts
of great ideas -- ones you might be able to implement on your own
One book I
found filled with great ideas for making my boat better is
Why Didn't I Think of That? : 1,198 Tips from 222 Sailors on 120 Boats from 9 Countries.
Check it out. I do have this book aboard Seaweed.
If you are
at the stage where you are boat shopping I would suggest you opt for the
boat that has been a home for a period of time. Most folks will make
the boat their own, It is these little tweaks that will make your
own experience better/easier.
anything you've done in your head that makes it better?
What's your favorite improvement made to the head compartment of
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