Apr 012010

I think the first time I had the idea that I could actually build my own boat was when I met Peter Stuivenberg on his yacht Crossroads in the Horta Marina on the Azores in 2001. If he could then I should be able too, right? One mistake he said he made was not paying enough attention to the helmsmans position, and as a result it was very uncomfortable to steer his yacht.

Now that the Journeyman helmsman positions are done I can reassure you that this will not be the case here.

If you want to sit down while steering the seat is there for you, and it has a U-shape that will keep your bottom in  a nice grip up to about 10° heel. For larger angles you will move up to sit on the deck edge, which is angled 25° (you only see the edge in this picture). Both places offer you a nice forward view passed the deckhouse. Standing up, you will find good support for the leeward foot on the footrest, which has a really steep angle at the end to stop you from slipping away in case of a broach or similar event. With the leeward foot on this rest and the knee of the other leg on the deck edge you have a really stable and comfortable position at high heel angles.

All seating areas are covered in a rubber/cork mix material (originally developed for diving board surfaces) which provides good friction, thermal insulation and a soft feel.

The top bearing of the rudder shaft ended up underneath the proper position of the footrest, as you can see. So we made the footrest easily removable.

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…

Feb 092010

One of the design faults of most modern cruisers that annoy me is the positioning of the water inlets. I don’t think I have ever been on yacht where there hasn’t been problems with some water inlets being above water at some points of sail.

The effect can be bad, for example not being able to flush the toilet. Or not getting water to the galley. There is also the problem with making water. All watermakers require a salt water supply free of air bubbles. With bubbles in the water the watermaker stops working. And when you’re sailing there is always a lot of bubbles under the hull, even if the water inlet is well below the waterline. So usually you have to stop to make water. For 6 hours or so. Pretty boring.

So for the Journeyman 60 I decided to fix this:

This picture shows the water inlet tank. All seawater will come in through this tank. It sits in the center of the boat at the deepest point of the hull, so it is always under water. Inside the tank there is a system for separating air bubbles from water. The air is let out again and all devices in the boat that need water gets an uninterrupted supply free from bubbles.

No more getting water in a bucket from the galley to flush the toilet on the port tack!