There are three things you need to consider when buying a boat. The shell, the engine, and storage. We all have a shell, that’s fixed we cant change that and the engine is sort of a bit expensive to change if we don’t like it. Storage is a variable and easily increased. People I talk to always say, “You can’t have too much storage.”
‘Storage, storage, storage you can’t have too much storage’. That’s what they say, but what is the truth of the matter? What is it that people want to store? If you want to ‘store’ it, why store it on your boat. I have loads of storage on the Milly M, but what is it I store. For instance, that corner cupboard you have in the kitchen that you can’t get proper access to, I had mine built so it could be accessed from the living room, but what do I keep in there? A pile of books about the Beatles, all my old vinyl records and a teapot that has only once seen the light of day since I put it there five years ago. So why? What do we keep this crap for? Just so we have lots of stuff!
I have stuff back home in my old garage (I don’t own the garage anymore) and for why? I am never going to use it. It is of no use on the boat. I just keep it, in case. You never know when someone might ask for something you have, although the chances are that when asked you find you threw out what you were asked for in favour of some piece of junk that no one will ever need. I kept a Tilley lamp glass recently, just in case, bugger me if someone didn’t ask if I had one. So I sorted it out and guess what? It had cracked.
There are some that store everything without consideration for why and there are some who live the minimalist life and store next to nothing. I would guess most of us are somewhere in the middle. We store stuff because it has memories or because we simply like it. There are of course the odd few who are somewhat pedantic about what they buy and what they store. Take the layflat hose for instance. The layflat hose is a pointless commodity. You can’t use it unless it is completely unrolled. Those people that use them moor up with their bow close to the water filler tap then spend half an hour laying it out in a huge loop and getting all the kinks out so water can actually flow, yet if you ask someone why they have one they will tell you ‘it takes up less space’. So where do they store it? In a front locker probably. They should look in their front locker and ask themselves if they are ever going to use that piece of wood/tin of paint/short length of rope or any of the other crap they are storing in there. The answer is most probably no! A proper user friendly hose on a reel does take up more space, but it is only space you have a pile of crap in anyway but remember you don’t have to unroll it completely to use it.
I have started chucking out my junk. It is very hard to do but do it I will. It is just a case of deciding when I can ‘let it go’. If I get shot of the stuff I don’t need then maybe I can resolve my ballasting problems and walk end to end in my boat without tripping over.
Storage “Bah humbug”. Storage encourages you to store crap you don’t need. The only advantage I can see is it saves on landfill!