This has been a great thread with a lot of information.
The cruise I am taking is a 10 day Chesapeake Bay cruise. I leave a week from today.
Last year's cruise I had a lot of good things that I found. I have really done a lot to fix the small details to make it more livable.
1. Power issue solved. I went to the GC2 batteries and 100 watt solar panel.
2. Small Water tank. I went to a 13 gallon water tank
3. Showering. I didn't have the budget to add the pressurized water and cockpit shower so I am still using a solar shower. This works okay.
4. Dishes: I did okay with this last year but the sink and faucet is a pain. I want to replace the faucet to the pressurized faucet. I haven't done this yet. I wish I had a deeper sink too. I may do that in the future.
5. Clothing bag. This was a pain because I was constantly moving it around. I hope that the dry bags fix this.
6. Cooler. I have a good cooler for the trip. I am a slave to the ice man but that is nothing new. I put a guide in the storage area under the stairway to keep the cooler from moving around. This now gives me more space to put water bottles and drinks as well. It opened up a lot of storage.
7. Bike. This is something unavoidable. I have a Dahon Folding Bike. During the day I push it to the front of the V berth. At night it sits in the main cabin area on a seat. This is something that will have to work because I can't see any other method. On deck storage is not an option.
8. Food Storage. I cleaned more areas out in the side shelves to put food and personal stuff. I keep my body wash, shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, razor, and those kinds of things there as well.
9. General storage. I have hammocks on each side of the V berth. I sleep to one side of the V berth so the other side I do put some stuff into. The one on the side I sleep I put things like my Carpal wrist brace and a flashlight there. I am constantly examining things that I have aboard the boat to evaluate the need for it. I have taken a lot of stuff off of the boat that the P/O had on there. This is a constant process and I am sure that I will figure out more adjustments on this trip.
10. Bedding. On the last trip I used a sleeping bag because it is cool. It will be warmer on this trip. I am thinking that I will be using a fitted sheet and a regular sheet this year with a blanket. During the day I will push the bedding up to the very front of the V berth to get it out of the way and make the head and other things accessible. I think that I need to find my old comforter from my old boat for the V-berth as well. Also, in the future, I will customize the sheets for the v berth. http://www.verywellsalted.com/2014/08/making-v-berth-sheets.html