I decided that I needed to make use of the are under the cockpit and just throwing stuff in there means it could get wet if water found it's way into this portion of the boat. So I created a small deck and seal it in so it could double as a bilge area if the rudder post started leaking.

 

       A 2X closes the end in and 1x decking with another support stinger you can not see all painted with white interlux brightside paint and a small bilge pump is install in the lowest area. I also added two 1 1/2 dowel supports at the cockpit step area.  Unfortunately the place I chose for the bilge discharge is to low and allows water back in through the pump when it is off so I have already moved to a higher location and closed of the old one. It really needs a backcheck valve.