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Nov 192010

I just recalled a time many years ago when I sailed the Caribbean 1500 race together with Steve Dashew and his Beowulf monster. The start of the race was delayed due to a lingering hurricane that was sitting right on the course and didn’t want to die. So we were hanging around the marina in Hampton and I had decided it was a good time to start building a bimini for my yacht. Steve made a blog entry with a picture of this work, and the same title as this entry I am writing now. And it’s still true!

Having the whole winter to complete the Journeyman interior I have started to do window frames that are a lot more elaborate than I originally planned. I know I have said repeatedly the the Journeyman would not have any fancy woodwork inside. And now look…. :-)

Jul 272010

Yesterday all the cushion sizes were tried out, so those should be ready in time for launch. The sofas will get grey cushions in a super durable fabric which still feels quite like ordinary canvas. I’ll write more about that when they are delivered in a few days.

In the picture below Sven is working on mounting the subwoofer for the stereo system in the port side sofa.

Jul 232010

Being busy is about the lamest excuse for not blogging, I know that. But I’ve been doing 16-19 hour working days the last 10 days, so I had to get the tempo down a bit before I could find the peace to write here. It is somewhat exhausting trying to lead a team of 7 people in building a yacht interior, when none of them have any experience of doing this before.

We also had all sorts of external trouble imaginable. It has been a nightmare to get the correct parts delivered for all the hydraulic machinery, for example. It was ordered in May. And last parts will be delivered tomorrow. Hopefully. The guys doing the bottom paint had to take the filler off twice due to mistakes when mixing the resin. But now it’s on and good, so paining can move forward finally. And for me, being used to be able to find anything in a store 20 minutes away, it’s difficult to work in a rural area where the closest hardware stores are 50km away and have very limited supply.

However. The interior is coming along. Lot’s of things remain but I think these images will give you a taste.


Navigation table:

Shower. Notice the BIG designer mistake! I misplaced one window, and didn’t notice it until it was waaay too late to change, so the forward head and shower will get half a window each. As bonus we get more light into the salon :-)

Jul 062010

OK, so those of you who have been following the building process for some time maybe are thinking there is soooo much details and technical stuff, is this a sailing yacht or a machine?

Well, I have always been clear about the fact that the Journeyman will put performance and functionality before luxury. But still, a little bit of traditional sailing yacht feeling in the interior can easily be achieved by having some woodwork details. As long as it’s just details it does not add much weight to the yacht, and as long as it is made from solid unpainted wood it is not so vulnerable to scratches.

The woodworking guys started to mount the interior today, here are a couple of images of them. I hope this gives you a first taste of what the interior will feel like.

The honeycomb material makes the modules really light and nice:

Bringing serviceability to yacht interior design

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Jun 292010

The first interior bulkhead wall is up. Unfortunately you can’t see the nice woodwork since it won’t be mounted until the last moment. But you can see the system we are using to make it possible to dismantle the interior for repairs or changes.

Most modern yacht are put together using glue, because this makes serial production cheap. My last big yacht was a Beneteau First 47.7, which quickly started to fall to pieces when sailed for real. Like most serial production yachts, it was built for the occasional race, not for permanent duty. And when time came to repair it, it was impossible, because the interior was glued to the hull. So the entire front cabin interior had to be scrapped, and rebuilt from new material after the hull was bonded together again.

So the Journeyman interior is possible to remove without destroying it. It is screwed to small aluminum mounting brackets welded to the frames. Of course this means that you will be able to see a lot of screw heads on the walls. I like that. Some people probably don’t. But I don’t consider them the target audience of this boat.

Anyway, the interior is built from modern high tech composite materials, except for some trims and fillet which are made from Walnut wood. No paint is used on any surface, only solid materials that can withstand scratches and hard use without damage. All panels are aluminum honeycomb, which is extremely stiff for its light weight. The walls use 15mm thick panels with thin fiberglass skins, and the floors use 22mm thick panels with aluminum skins: