Stow the boards

Is your boat one of the majority where the builder hasn’t thought about what you’re going to do with the companionway washboards when they aren’t in place? Why not invest one Saturday morning next winter knocking up a thin, open-topped compartment in one of the big cockpit lockers to drop them into. The incumbent of the quarter berth will bless you the next time he turns in and they aren’t sticking into his soft parts.