Especially on-board of a small boat you have to organize everything cleanly if you do not want to search things for hours – this is especially valid if you have lots of things for little children with you.
However, IKEA offers a number of products that help you do this and they are light and do not cost much (especially if you compare them with any Seascape or Jeanneau textile bags meant for storing clothes).
My daughter is now 18 months old and she can walk very well. Furthermore, she is curious and would not just like to stay under deck while sailing and climbs basically anywhere. So, what to do if you would like to have a save and comfortable place for her on deck where she can’t go over board?
What I came up with is this construction:
It is asymmetrically mounted in the cockpit in order to allow for easy access to the autopilot being mounted next to the entrance of the cabin and to the entrance itself.
As you can see it is also portable – so it can be either used under deck or be completely removed if you go racing with your friends:
So, how did I build it:
First of all I used an old Römer Jockey Comfort bike seat for children (which you can buy used for very little money).
Then I sawed off the two leg-supports of the seat so that the base-plate of the seat could be mounted on a piece of water-proof boat plywood. Please note that the seat is exactly mounted on the edge of the plywood so that my daughter can have her feed dangling down while using the seat at our cabin table.
You can use the two integrated nuts in the bottom of the seat to attach the seat to the plate but I decided to put two additional screws through the wholes in the seating area of the seat.
In the cockpit I glued two self-made stripes of wood with Tikalflex (sorry for the look being a bit shabby – it was easily possible to remove the glue later on).
It is possible to push the base-plate under these stripes and the seat is fixed and can be secured with screws or anything comparable that is pushed through the holes in the stripes.
I painted the whole wood white.
Please have a look at the attached gallery. The whole thing works really nice – however and obviously I do not take any guarantee for the safety of your children while using this setup.
Please find the scheme how I supplied my Seascape 18 with electrical power.
Main goal was to provide the Seascape with power independently from a fixed power grid installation and to have enough battery storage to supply the attached devices with power during one sailing day.
Comments on some of the components I used:
The Raymarine Racemaster and the Wind Transducer have own solar cells and do not need any external power supply.
The battery Longex 12LCP-36 is mounted in the front tank under the front berth (I have a whole for an inspection lid built into the tank where it just fits through if I take out the inspectin lid).
The NASA Supernova Combi Anchor / Top Light is a brilliant device! It is LED-based, has both the white Anchor Light as well as the three-coloured position light and can be supplied with power by a single cable (the included switch switches not only power on and off but can also change the polarity which chooses the respective colour scheme).