Suppliers we like: Southco

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Mar 262010
 

I have to say a public thanks also to Markus and Henric at Southco Sweden (now Onmar Sweden), for going the extra mile in getting me exactly the hinges and locks that I wanted, even when it meant doing some custom modifications to their products. As a result, every single hinge and lock on Journeyman is from Southco. Like the custom made cockpit sofa hatch lock and hinge below.


Storing long things

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Mar 192010
 

The main large storage space in the cockpit is under the sofa seats. The forward part of the seats has the clothes closet in the aft cabins underneath, so there can be no storage there. This would mean that the actual storage box would be too short to store the long things you need in the cockpit, like a broom, a hook and so on.

I solved this by adding an extra “long things storage” pipe in the sofa. This pipe has a double use, it will become the clothes hanger on the inside. I promise I will have a cleaner broom when the boat is launched…


Feb 202010
 

One thing that’s REALLY hard when you are designing a virtual 3D yacht in your computer is getting the measurements of the spaces for people right. When I did the design, I was building weird models at home, equipped with a tape measure, various pieces of furniture, cardboard boxes etc. I also had 3D models of humans that I placed in the virtual models. And still it is hard to actually see if seats will be comfortable, especially when you are designing for a heeled hull!

So now that the cockpit is starting to materialize I am happy to report that the seating areas feel excellent. There are two seating heights for both crew and helmsman, and all of them feel like they are at the right height, have good visibility forward, and will be comfortable to sit on without slipping away when the yacht is heeled. The cockpit sofas are also, as I have intended, wide enough to sleep on. This is for those wonderful warm night shifts when only the helmsman need to be awake, and the other on-duty crew member can have a nap and wait for the dolphins to arrive…


Getting rid of ropes and inlets

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Feb 152010
 

You know what it looks like in the cockpit after hoisting the sails, right? Rope everywhere. And nowhere to put it away. I though I could at least try to improve that situation a bit by having two boxes to put halyard ends and such in. But since you sometimes need to release the ropes really really fast, it can’t be too much locked away either.

So I designed a couple of boxes into the hull just underneath the halyard locks where you can just shove the rope coils in, and they will be reasonably gone. But still quick to pull out since there is no hatch or anything, just a big slot.

These boxes at the same time solves another problem: Breathing air for the engine. A turbo engine like the one Journeyman has needs a lot of air. 750 m2 per hour in this case. While looking for good spots to put the engine air intakes (I didn’t want to route the pipes through the watertight bulkhead to the transom) I realised that on the inside of the rope storage boxes the intakes would be practically invisible and very well protected from rain, spray and wave splashes.