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    2855 Owners... Where do you stow everything?-gctid382200

    Hello all! Bought a 1999 Ciera 2855 at the very end of last season and have spent the winter getting her seaworthy. Getting ready to commission her Memorial Day weekend and I'm trying to figure out where to store all the stuff we had on our Chris Craft Catalina 251. My wife is taking care of the galley, but I'm talking about things like an aft anchor/rode, extra engine and gear oil, boat wash and other cleaning supplies, and extra mooring lines. Because she is stored an hour away and I've been concentrating on engine and outdrive issues, I haven't thought about or looked at where to put this stuff. I'm now starting to plan for when we hoist her in and get to the marina 10 miles away.

    We have the transom foldaway bench and there appears to be room to put stuff in the transom if we keep the bench seat out. We also have storage beneath the port seat by the aft cabin. I thought we might stow the water toys in the transom. We will store the 4 fenders in the bow rail mounted racks.

    We're having air conditioning installed this week and they will try to put it below the v-berth to keep the dinette storage available. Do you folks store stuff in the v-berth compartments? Seems like a good place to put stuff you don't use often. Doesn't seem easy to access that storage.

    Any tips from those with experience with circa '99 2855s is much appreciated!

    Bill

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    Our A/C unit is under the forward dinette seat - fits there nicely. That leaves the 3 storage bins under the front berth for extra blankets, all extra life jackets in a nylon bag, our wetsuits and other dive/beach equipment with space left over. Rear dinette seat storage has our small shop vac, standard bucket, cabin 110 fan unit, coiled 50' 110v power cord and some cleaning equipment. All safety equipment - Olin flare gun kit, flashlight, 12v extra spotlight, light sticks, hand compass etc fit in the storage compartment under the stair. First aid kit is in the storage compartment under the radio. Cleaning supplies are under the sink in a plastic dish pan. Head chemicals are stored with the towels under the head sink. I keep extra filters, golf umbrella, small 12 volt fan and misc gear in the storage compartment behind the lift up lid at the head of the aft berth. I keep a plastic tool box with all tools, small parts etc sitting on top of this shelf in the aft berth. I rigged a couple of snap cords to hold the small cockpit table leg against the aft berth wall and the table itself held up against the starboard aft berth wall wedged with the mattress. All extra mooring/rafting/spring lines along with our potable water hose are stored in the compartment under the passenger seat accessible with the hinged door. There is also room there to stow the shore power cord when traveling. Extra anchor and line stored in the stow space in the transom space where the rear seat stows. There is room there with the seat stowed to handle that and other long items like deck brush, manual bilge pump, etc. I added a system of Xed heavy bungee straps under the engine hatch that will hold the 8 x 20 fenders on top of the holding tank on the starboard side of the engine compartment. Surprising amount of room in the 2855 when things are organized.

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      #3
      One MAJOR piece of real-estate is the rear jump seat (my1998 has it, i think the 99 does...) Anyway, I removed the jump seat and store all my cleaners, spare propane tanks, brushes, Magma BBQ etc etc etc, it will hold a pile. With that seat gone i put a igloo cooler with seat cushion in its place - more cold storage than you'll ever need.

      Under the L seat there are two small lockers, on with a door, one that is just a opening, I keep a storehouse of lube, oil, filters in there on one side, spare dockline on the other.

      Down below I have a vacuum in the front right bow well, water toys and more in the left side. Under the dinette seat - spare PFDs. My wife and I travel heavy and we have found a spot for everything. I hate clutter and there is a space for everything on the 2855. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy her.

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        #4
        THE '99 may be different, but on my '02 there are only 3 storage compartments. Life vests, cleaning supplies and other assorted things go under the captains seat. It's a huge vat of space, but difficult to organinze and find things since there is no shelf and it's angular.

        spare lines, bumpers, noodles for swimming go in the transom locker. Generator fits under the transom seat. Other things can go under the port side bench seat like a little blow up boat etc. (thats really supposed to be a cooler niche. Inside stuff is no problem. Lots of storage therre

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          #5
          captjmh wrote:
          Our A/C unit is under the forward dinette seat - fits there nicely. That leaves the 3 storage bins under the front berth for extra blankets, all extra life jackets in a nylon bag, our wetsuits and other dive/beach equipment with space left over. Rear dinette seat storage has our small shop vac, standard bucket, cabin 110 fan unit, coiled 50' 110v power cord and some cleaning equipment. All safety equipment - Olin flare gun kit, flashlight, 12v extra spotlight, light sticks, hand compass etc fit in the storage compartment under the stair. First aid kit is in the storage compartment under the radio. Cleaning supplies are under the sink in a plastic dish pan. Head chemicals are stored with the towels under the head sink. I keep extra filters, golf umbrella, small 12 volt fan and misc gear in the storage compartment behind the lift up lid at the head of the aft berth. I keep a plastic tool box with all tools, small parts etc sitting on top of this shelf in the aft berth. I rigged a couple of snap cords to hold the small cockpit table leg against the aft berth wall and the table itself held up against the starboard aft berth wall wedged with the mattress. All extra mooring/rafting/spring lines along with our potable water hose are stored in the compartment under the passenger seat accessible with the hinged door. There is also room there to stow the shore power cord when traveling. Extra anchor and line stored in the stow space in the transom space where the rear seat stows. There is room there with the seat stowed to handle that and other long items like deck brush, manual bilge pump, etc. I added a system of Xed heavy bungee straps under the engine hatch that will hold the 8 x 20 fenders on top of the holding tank on the starboard side of the engine compartment. Surprising amount of room in the 2855 when things are organized.
          Thank you!! That's exactly what I was looking for. She's still in the storage building 75 miles away and over the next week and a half there will be quite a bit of work done. I have tried to keep most stuff at home while the work is being done, but I'm going to start hauling it up there and want to stow it out of the way while the work proceeds.

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            #6
            grlittle wrote:
            One MAJOR piece of real-estate is the rear jump seat (my1998 has it, i think the 99 does...) Anyway, I removed the jump seat and store all my cleaners, spare propane tanks, brushes, Magma BBQ etc etc etc, it will hold a pile. With that seat gone i put a igloo cooler with seat cushion in its place - more cold storage than you'll ever need.

            Under the L seat there are two small lockers, on with a door, one that is just a opening, I keep a storehouse of lube, oil, filters in there on one side, spare dockline on the other.

            Down below I have a vacuum in the front right bow well, water toys and more in the left side. Under the dinette seat - spare PFDs. My wife and I travel heavy and we have found a spot for everything. I hate clutter and there is a space for everything on the 2855. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy her.
            Yes, I have the foldaway transom seat and have considered getting rid of it. It seems silly that it's facing a seat so much higher. Don't know how much it will be used. We'll see if it's used this season before removing it. We also thought about getting the cooler with the seat pad - great minds think alike.

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              #7
              Seaquel wrote:
              THE '99 may be different, but on my '02 there are only 3 storage compartments. Life vests, cleaning supplies and other assorted things go under the captains seat. It's a huge vat of space, but difficult to organinze and find things since there is no shelf and it's angular.

              spare lines, bumpers, noodles for swimming go in the transom locker. Generator fits under the transom seat. Other things can go under the port side bench seat like a little blow up boat etc. (thats really supposed to be a cooler niche. Inside stuff is no problem. Lots of storage therre
              Yes, the '02 is different. I have a swivel captain's seat on a pedestal - no storage below. You also have the transom locker - same space, but the '99 has a foldaway bench seat that occupies that transom space. There's room below, but the seat would have to remain deployed if you put a lot of stuff there.

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                #8
                On the 3055 there is storage under the mid berth, which was news to me. maybe you have it as well?

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                  #9
                  Brad 3055 wrote:
                  On the 3055 there is storage under the mid berth, which was news to me. maybe you have it as well?
                  Hmmm... Thanks for the tip. I'll look when I head up there tomorrow.

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