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Creating Cockpit Tables

Dining al fresco is one of the joys of being afloat. Eating off a cockpit table is much more civilized than eating off a plate in your lap.Often a simple picnic table will do the job nicely. A combined “table and chairs” model can be used, with the legs up and held in place with body weight.

Dining al fresco is one of the joys of being afloat. Eating off a cockpit table is much more civilized than eating off a plate in your lap.

Often a simple picnic table will do the job nicely.

A combined “table and chairs” model can be used, with the legs up and held in place with body weight.

A teak cockpit grate can sometimes be modified to double as a pop-up table.

Alternatively, part of a bunk base might be used as a table. In this case, the solidly built tiller is used as a central support, allowing plenty of legroom. A hinge-down notched leg locks the tiller amidships, and sliding bolts hold everything together.

It’s also possible to modify an interior door with lift-off hinges. It will need some sort of ledge to hook inside the companionway and can be fixed in place with sliding bolts. A fold-down leg braced against the bridgedeck base maximizes legroom.

Folding tables can be hung from a strong steering pedestal. To protect the wood, the outer faces of the folding table can be painted white; only the larger unfolded sections need be varnished. You can also cover the table and pedestal with canvas when the boat is left unattended.

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