Jun 182010

Dig this sink. I have been working on it for a long time. Today it arrived with enough shine to be used as a mirror as well as as a sink.

The thing is, kitchen sinks in sailboats at sea never work. The whole concept of a hole in the middle breaks down when the boat is heeling. So water doesn’t run out. After a  while the sink is filled with a disgusting slush of dishwater and food leftovers. For an inexperienced ocean sailor this makes it very tempting to skip doing dishes, especially if you are a little seasick. So the sink starts filling up with dirty dishes too. Which in turn contributes to a lower morale when it comes to keeping the salon tidy.

Since I am designing a yacht made for comfort at sea in rough conditions, I had to do something about this, of course. The complex bottom shape of this sink makes sure that all water will run out of the sink even at 25° of heel, and irrespective of pitching movement in waves.

I asked several welders if they could manufacture it for me. Some just shook their heads and went away, but some said yes. It took quite a while, but I think the result was worth it. To complement the somewhat edgy look of the sink I choose a faucet with sharp angles as well.

Jun 072010

Actually the parameter that determined the width of the deck house door was exactly this one: The engine. I wanted to be able to take it completely out for repairs if that should become necessary (actually there are quite a few boats around that don’t allow this!!).

So getting the engine in was fine. We could have left it in when the deck house roof was being built, but that would have meant that it was in there during sand blasting and spray painting, which is risky stuff for an engine…

On the other hand, the galley module that our carpenters are building will not fit in, and I didn’t think of that until this weekend. Luckily the galley is not finished, so they can finish it in parts that we put together inside.

Another noteworthy thing in this image is that I am obviously totally the hairstyle trendsetter, since all of the guys are now shaved. I’m just waiting for the yard manager to shave too. But not holding my breath, though….