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10 Boat Organization Hacks for the Summer

It's boat season! Prepare your vessel for smooth sailing with these handy boat organizer hacks.

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Canvas Bags

Storage bins in general can be really helpful for keeping things organized. But depending on the size of your boat, something with soft, foldable sides can allow for more flexibility. Store bulkier items like blankets and sweatshirts in waterproof canvas bags. Check out these 30 best-ever storage tips for better organization all around your home and yard.

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Rope Boat Organizer

Ropes and lines on board your boat can make for major tangles. Avoid the mess by investing in an over-the-rail rope storage utility bag. Your boat will look cleaner while the bag provides easy access. For a clutter-free life on shore, check out these 12 simple life hacks for organizing your home.

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Shoe Organizer

You can be extremely organized on your boat, but when guests come aboard things like their shoes can create instant obstacles to trip over. To ensure they don’t get in the way — or fly away, for that matter — try out this boat organizer for shoes. You can also wrap a bungee cord around a cooler or seat and slip the shoes under the cord for easy storage. If you buy in bulk, you’ll want to check out these 11 ways to use and store bungee cords.

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Boat Storage Organizer Bag

When the weather is hot and you just have to jump ship and swim around for a bit, have an over-the-rail boat storage organizer bag. It lets you grab your sunscreen, beverage and more without leaving the water. Check out these 11 crazy cool beach inflatables you can relax in while anchored.

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Wooden Storage Box

DIY or buy a wooden storage box you can attach to the interior of your boat. You can keep tools like scissors and knives for fishing needs safe and in sight by sliding between the box and the wall, while keeping bigger or more intricate items stored nicely away in the cabinets. If all this organization talk has you concerned about the mess in your garage, here are 17 ideas for storing all kinds of tools.

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Fishing Rod Storage Boat Organizer

On fishing trips, a clutter-free boat keeps things running smoothly. For proper organization, invest in a fishing rod holder. If you want to store more than just rods, try a tube unit, which stores rods vertically and may have other storage holes for items like fillet knives and pliers. Check out these ideas for storing hunting and fishing gear that go beyond the boat.

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In Stair Drawers

Own a bigger boat with stairs that go down to a cabin? Build a few drawers into the stairs! It’s the perfect boat organizer and a great way to store things like silverware, cooking items and other things you use infrequently. Check out this other hidden staircase drawer idea.

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T-Top Storage Bag

Life vests are essential on boats, but they’re bulky and tough to store. Keep them neatly organized in a proper bag that can be attached beneath the T-top. This bag mounts easily to all T-tops and many pontoon tops, and has two zipper compartments and three mesh pockets to keep even more gear organized. Speaking of safety gear, here are products every DIYer should own.

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Utilize Wall Space With Racks

Hanging artwork on your boat might not be your first thought, but don’t overlook the walls just yet! They can be a great option for installing small racks in the galley to hold kitchen supplies. You can also use a hanging closet organizer to hold toiletries in the bathroom. Check out these clever kitchen cabinet and pantry storage ideas.

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Boat Caddy

Stash your sunglasses, beverage and other personal items in this boat organizer caddy. It mounts easily on vertical or flat surfaces. It’s great for small boats without a ton of cockpit storage. For your tools, check out this “The Price is Right” tool caddy.

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