Temps are up around 70 degrees, conditions are growing more favorable, and we’re starting to see the first dinghies making their way around the bay. Sailing season is upon us in Annapolis, and the best time of the year is about to begin. The sailing capital of the world is gearing up for the season with commemorative regattas and the yearly push for selling clothing and equipment for the most popular leisure activity in the capital of Maryland.
If your closet is already full of Henri Lloyd, Helly Hansen, and Patagonia, you’re well aware that you’ve got an admirable sailing obsession. And between all of your tech polos, pinnies, and foul weather gear, you hardly have space in the closet for anything else! Before rushing out to buy ten more rash guards, however, I suggest you stop and take a moment to consider your storage needs—a custom walk-in closet might just make the start of the Annapolis sailing season that much more exciting.
Give Your Master Bedroom a Nautical Feel
Whether you’re sponsoring a racing Midshipman or you’re taking part in keelboat day races yourself, the nautical aesthetic is probably top on your remodeling wish list, no matter what time of year.
The beauty of custom design is that your master closet becomes a blank canvas on which you can paint anything you like—the first rule of design inspiration is, there are no rules! Choose bright white melamine cabinetry with brushed silver, marine-inspired hardware for a closet that reminds you of your favorite schooner. Go for a beautifully symmetrical layout of shelves to complete the look, and don’t forget to include plenty of space to highlight your prized sailing plaques, medals, and trophies. Built-in LED accent lighting can help shine a spotlight on these display elements.
Perfect the Hanging Space in Your Personal Cabin
The master closet is at the helm of all activities you engage in year-round. Why not have it be as beautiful and functional as the cabin you spend most of your spring and summer in? Sailing enthusiasts tend to own a ton of recreational clothing that eventually piles up in bins and drawers. Adding thoughtfully placed hanging rods to your closet will help keep everything organized.
Most master closets can benefit from the addition of shorter hanging rods placed on the wall at 7” and 4” (generally speaking, of course). These sections are great for storing your tech shirts, polos, and pants while taking advantage of additional wall space. Dual-level hanging rods are ideal for the clothes you need during the humid summer months along the harbor when you set sail for a day.
However, if you have a lot of all-weather coastal (or offshore) sailing gear on hand, you probably need the vertical space of just one hanging rod. Keep all of your trousers and jackets neatly arranged in one of these sections and you’ll never waste time looking for your foul-weather gear again. Plus, being better organized helps you prepare for the next passing squall that comes your way off of the Atlantic.
Outfit Your Closet with All the Right Features
Owning a luxury yacht may be one of the big dreams you hope to achieve by the time you’re an old salt. When choosing your features, you might be tempted by a glass-enclosed aft deck, beautiful teak decks, a king-size VIP cabin, and a massive flybridge. Though even the most outrageous custom closet design costs far less than such a yacht, why not put the same care and consideration into the luxury features you add in?
Imagine this: on a Friday night after a long commute from the Baltimore-Washington Metroplex, you enjoy a beer and some jazz at Ebb Tide, and plan your trip out on the water the next morning with your friends. You come home and hang your best season-opening staples on a valet rod in your custom closet. With your Sperrys laid out on the island, you’re all set to enjoy the best voyage of the year when dawn comes.
The features you add to your closet along with its overall design and aesthetic combine to create a room that’s worthy of housing your entire seaworthy wardrobe. In no time you’ll have the most shipshape closet on the Chesapeake Bay. Sign up for your free design consultation with the Closet America team to get started on bringing your custom closet to life. We’re eager to help you get “ready about” for the start of the sailing season this year.
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