97 Hunter 430 what is the storage behind settee for

97 Hunter 430, what is the storage space behind the settee used for?

We might use space like that for stowing “essential liquids” Bottles can be packed there so they are readily available, but aren’t likely to bounce around and break. It would also be easy to put flares there. They’ll stay dry and be, again, readily available.

The space is approximately
5’ wide x 36" x 8" deep.
At first I thought it might be storage for the table top but when I tried to put it in there it’s very difficult and I ended up scratching the table. The access to it has a double hinged panel. I also tried to Stow the cushions that make the setee turn into a double bed but they don’t fit.