Friday, November 1, 2013

V-Berth Workshop

OK all you girlie men with your soft mattress, throw cushions and rugs up in that V-Berth that you have normally covered with fenders, Jerry jugs and folding bicycles.  This is what a real mans V-Berth looks like.

Mind you, I'm getting lots of push back from the management.  I'm not sure if I can keep it that way once we start using the boat.


Dan said...

Nice set up tools there. I'm slowly building my collection of boat tools.

Just remind management of the necessity of it all. Good Luck!

Robert Sutton said...

In our experience, the vberth always ends up as "the garage" in one way or another. The admiral understands this.
So, your use appears entirely appropriate.

Say, do I see room for a small drill press? lol

Joe F said...

Not to mention an air compressor!

Joie de Vivre said...


Rhys said...

I have a "forepeak workshop" in front of a collision bulkhead. You can't hear anything but waves and grinding in there. So I would suggest Project Number One is a soundproof, lockable door. Keeps the dust out of the rest of the boat.

Other considerations are that V-berths are nearly unusable at sea; you want a nice lee cloth on a midships berth. You also need FAST access to tools, which otherwise get buried. So it's a safety issue. Lastly, the well-equipped cruiser with the right skills need less expensive service visits, thus extending the purchasing power of the margarita budget.

Can you tell I've had this discussion? I like to think "everybody won".

Colin said...

I imagine the tools have a lot of 'Zero Gravity' moments?

Rhys said...

Not if you stow them in foam insert in lockable drawers in chests throughbolted the steel collision bulkhead, no, actually.

You do have the typical tool caddy or plastic rank thingie, but that's just to keep them handy while working. When the job is done, the workbench must be completely clear unless you are clamping something; then the clamps themselves must be lashed down.