Saloon Table Improvements

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 A. I’ve seen cabin tables that could break away if a crewmember fell against them. Usually this happens because the table is secured to the cabin sole with small woodscrews.

A. I’ve seen cabin tables that could break away if a crewmember fell against them. Usually this happens because the table is secured to the cabin sole with small woodscrews.

B. Check the base of your table and replace any small screws with bolts, big washers and locknuts. If you can’t get under the sole, make up metal brackets and attach them to the table with big chunky screws.

B. Check the base of your table and replace any small screws with bolts, big washers and locknuts. If you can’t get under the sole, make up metal brackets and attach them to the table with big chunky screws.

C. A handhold post will also add strength to a table. Attach blocks to the deckhead and sole, fit the post to the blocks and then cover the hole in the headliner with a plate. D. Older boats often used strong posts with the tabletop held in place with wedges. The top could then be stowed up at the headliner or down on the cabin sole.

C. A handhold post will also add strength to a table. Attach blocks to the deckhead and sole, fit the post to the blocks and then cover the hole in the headliner with a plate.D. Older boats often used strong posts with the tabletop held in place with wedges. The top could then be stowed up at the headliner or down on the cabin sole.

E. Tables can be made using any combination of leaves that fold out. Having large fiddles on the center section is a good idea when conditions are rough, but you might need a double-fold leaf to get your knees under the table. F. Many different types of foldout supports or slide-in beams can be used to support the leaves.

E. Tables can be made using any combination of leaves that fold out. Having large fiddles on the center section is a good idea when conditions are rough, but you might need a double-fold leaf to get your knees under the table.F. Many different types of foldout supports or slide-in beams can be used to support the leaves.

G. The center of the table can be a locker and I’ve seen one boat that keeps batteries there to power the sewing machine. Because these batteries are located fairly high, they could also run an emergency radio if the main batteries become flooded. H. Another interesting arrangement is a wine or liquor locker and baguette holder; both should have hinged bottoms for easy cleaning. I. The lid of a center section locker can have one or two deep recesses that will keep drinks in place. If the lid is made so it lifts out, it can be used as a tray for passing drinks up to the cockpit.

G. The center of the table can be a locker and I’ve seen one boat that keeps batteries there to power the sewing machine. Because these batteries are located fairly high, they could also run an emergency radio if the main batteries become flooded.H. Another interesting arrangement is a wine or liquor locker and baguette holder; both should have hinged bottoms for easy cleaning.I. The lid of a center section locker can have one or two deep recesses that will keep drinks in place. If the lid is made so it lifts out, it can be used as a tray for passing drinks up to the cockpit.

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