Small Space – Storage Solutions
As a superyacht stewardess, you are required to be very creative with your small space storage solutions. The storage area needs to be clean, dry and easily accessible…. Which, let’s face it, is quite often NOT the case…..
If you are like me and had your fair share of battling with mattresses to get to the under bed storage or contorting your body into the most fabulous position to get into a tiny bilge space, then I think the following article will be quite helpful.
Generally, on superyachts, we do not have the luxury of walk-in storage areas unless you are on an 80m+ vessel and even then you may find yourself in a storage battle with other departments staking claim over the precious space…
So before your frustration levels skyrocket let’s look at what you have to work with:
You may find storage in the following areas:
- Obvious cupboards in the crew area and guest accommodation
- Under bed storage: Both in the guest and crew accommodations
- Bilge areas
- Under furniture in both the guest and crew areas
- Outside under furniture
- Under the bridge consul
Now before you start to distribute your interior stuff everywhere… it is very important to respectfully ask each department to allocate space for you.
On a yacht, there seem to be a million things to store and so little space to store it in. So I have selected just a few items that seem to always be in the “more challenging items to store” category.
Crew Uniform and give away items:
- Space bags for things you won’t need on charter
- Blue tape around types of clothing (ordered by item, not size)
- Blue tape around sizes of items
- Ziplock bags of clothing items
- Ziplock bags of items by size
- Plastic containers if space allowed
Unless you are lucky enough to have an allocated large cupboard for this I would normally store this under a bed. As with many things on this board it is really a personal preference. However, experience suggests that ordering the items by size and type is an effective solution. You can always see what the item is but finding the right size can be time-consuming.
You will be limited to what and where you can store things in the guest accommodation, however, in the crew cabins you can think in various dimensions. For example, look at vertical dividers in cupboards or hanging shoe bags on the back of doors.
Toilet paper and kitchen towels:
- Toilet paper and kitchen roll stored in bilges
- Stored in hanging nets in walking laundry cupboard
For bulkier items such as toilet paper and kitchen towel, before a charter or cruise, make sure that all of the internal cupboards are stocked well (this included under the bathroom sinks in crew cabins).
Next, make sure the galley pantries and crew mess are well stocked and then place the kitchen roll on top of the toilet paper.
Just make sure that the storage area is clean and well ventilated.
Drinks, water bottles, cans:
AUUGHGGH, drinks storage can be a royal pain in the A#$%, but with a little planning, it really shouldn’t be so hard. What I mean by this is start off by doing a little math…
- See how much space you have. This may be 2 forward lockers, lockers on the sundeck and locker on the aft deck etc.
- Use the space wisely.
- For the larger lockers buy plastic crates with holes in them for ventilation and an escape route if any water gets in them.
- Calculate how many bottles of water fit into space. Use this as a guide for provisioning. I.e. if you know the forward locker fits 50 x 2L bottles of water then you can easily estimate what you need for your next order.
- A good tip here is to buy a combination of both foldable crates and permanent size crates, both have a useful purpose on board.
Go ahead and calculate all of your storage areas. If you do this properly then it will make your life so much easier in the future with mid-season provision requirements.
Wine and liquor:
So by now, you have probably figured out that storing wine on a yacht can be very challenging. The usual recommendations of wine storage such as:
- Humidity level
- Motion Restriction
Are pretty impossible to control on a yacht. In addition to this, you will also have to find suitable storage, which enables easy access yet it has to be secure enough that the bottles won’t break.
Typically the wine tends to be consumed on the cruise/charter, however, if it is not then common sense dictates that fine wine be stored on land for longer storage requirements.
Once the wine fridges, bar, pantries and allocated cupboards are stocked to capacity, you will need to look to the under furniture storage. If possible, I would recommend storing any excess wine amidship like in the main saloon or lower deck in the VIP cabin purely due to the lesser motion of the vessel.
There are many things that you can use to protect the bottles such as:
- Bubble plastic
- Even kitchen roll
However, the one product that I highly recommend is a protective mesh wine sleeve.
- I love this product because it’s cheap, easy to get and easy to store any excess.
- It saves the glass bottles from smashing or clinking together and it protects the very important label.
- Finally, because its mesh you can easily see what you need
- You can buy it online from Amazon, or you can try your local ship chandlery
Remember: all cardboard should be removed from the yacht to illuminate the risk of cockroaches or other nasty bugs becoming your new nightmare on board.
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