We all know that space is limited when storing gear and supplies onboard vessels. While the deck can hold necessities, moving about the boat becomes a challenge and results in trips and falls. Boat storage is also crucial for keeping items dry instead of becoming saturated with rain and spray from waves. Utilize these boat storage ideas when owning and operating a boat in both fresh and saltwater through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. 

Why Is Boat Storage Important

When it comes to gear, boats require substantial items for both entertainment and to remain compliant with Coast Guard regulations. 

When guests flock on board, be prepared for an onslaught of bags filled with towels, snacks, changes of clothes, and more. Day gear combined with stuffed storage lockers makes for a difficult situation when it comes to space. 

Proper organization will allow for both the necessities and personal belongings to be stowed away conveniently than on the deck or other inconvenient places. 

T-Bag For T-Top Boats

A T-Bag for center consoles is designed to provide storage space beneath the top but above the operator’s head. The captain or driver can reach up and stow or pull items from the storage space. 

T-Bags are ideal for stowing life jackets, but the ample space allows for other large and bulky items. Be aware that objects within a T-Bag are subject to moisture intrustion. Never store cell phones or other electronic devices. Lastly, ensure that items contained inside do not begin to mold. 

Below Deck Lockers

Below deck lockers are wishy-washy when it comes to storage. Understand that this space risks water inundation; therefore, dry goods must never be placed below deck lockers. 

When a boat is designed to contain a below deck locker, the hatch is most frequently intended to store watersports equipment. Utilize the space to your advantage and stow waterskis, wakeboards, towlines, deflated tubes, and more. 

Below Seat Storage 

Below seat, storage is most frequently utilized to store life jackets. Life jackets are stowed in below-seat hatches because they are easy to access. Never store life-saving equipment in areas that are challenging to reach. 

In addition to life jackets, boaters utilize the extra space to place day bags, snacks, boat covers, and more when in operation. 

Sliding Drawers

While not all boats are equipped with sliding drawers, they are highly efficient for stowing boat gear. 

Sliding drawers are mounted in various places and are ideal for storing cleaning supplies such as squeegees, chamois, brushes, etc. 

Anglers utilize sliding drawers for easy access to fishing hooks, weights, lures, pliers, chum bags, bait nets, and other fishing gear. Most drawers are located in the stern section of the vessels where lines are cast. 

Lastly, when a boat is not equipped with a T-Top, consider storing life-saving flares in pull-out drawers. When it comes to flares, we recommend the Orion Flare Gun and flare package. 

Sun Pads and Consoles

Sun pads are incorporated in the design of the vast majority of cruising vessels. A sun pad allows a passenger to layout on a soft cushion while basking in the sun’s rays.

Consoles are the space beneath the steering wheel. The area is most frequently wide open but occasionally contains a toilet. 

Sun Pads

Aft mounted sun pads allow for ample storage beneath. The space is generous, but we recommend permanently stowing the stern anchor in the hatch. Due to the depth and width, don’t hesitate to place day bags in the locker and pull the gear when necessary.


Similar to sun pad hatches, consoles offer identical storage space. Toss seat cushions in the console to avoid sun and weather damage when the boat is not in use. The console remains dry during use, so store personal belongings without concern. 

Bow Hatch

Most boats are equipped with an elevated hatch positioned centrally and just short of the bow. 

A bow hatch is designed to hold an anchor safely. Bow anchors must be easily accessible, and therefore the swinging door allows the operator or passenger to reach in and remove the anchor when necessary. 

It seems silly that we mention a deck hatch specifically designed for anchors; however, boaters fail to utilize the space for what it is intended. 

The forward and central anchor storage locker is intended for anchors. Never stack additional items in the space because this will present a challenge when dropping the pick. 

Lastly, always coil the line back in the anchor well neatly. Anchor line which has been haphazardly returned to the bow hatch will become knotted when deploying on future outings. 

How Do I Organize My Boat Storage

We can’t tell you exactly how to organize your boat because you know what gear is most frequently or infrequently utilized.

The primary purpose of organizing is to access the equipment needed without digging through items that are not relevant to the task at hand. 

Are You Ready To Maximize Your Boats Storage Space

Finding the appropriate space to store your safety equipment, day trip essentials, fishing equipment, anchors, cushions, and more will help you remain organized and prevent clutter from gathering on the deck. Consider these top six boat storage ideas the next time you set foot on the boat. The time spent reorganizing will be well worth the effort to save you and your passengers space to move about the vessel freely.