Every yacht should have one…

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Mar 152011

I clearly remember the day I realized that my next yacht should have a workshop. We were hanging out in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel, preparing for the crossing over to Ireland. Next to us was a brand new Swan 65 that was just finishing it’s first season and heading back home to the UK. It had all sorts of problems that I thought would not occur in such an expansive and high profile yacht. The heaters didn’t work. The engine had troubles with the fuel system. Some instruments had hick-ups. And so on. That’s when I realized, things breaking is part of everyday life for all long distance sailors, and that yachts should cater to that instead of trying to pretend it isn’t.

By the way, we had to cancel the Ireland ambitions on that crossing, and ended up in A Coruña instead. Which was good, considering some people who failed to dodge the storm had some troubles… (That was not the same Swan, though).

Anyway, today we finished the workbench, except I need to decide how to organize the walls. But that’s for later. A side effect is that since the workbench is right next to the galley it can also be used for food preparation in case several people are cooking together.

(Woot!! Two blog entries in two days!)

Mar 142011

The aft cabins are really fun places to work. There is basically not a straight surface anywhere. The frames and hull curvature changes rather a lot in quite small distances. And there are lots of corners and boxes protruding into the cabin from all sides, because of various installations around them. So it wasn’t easy, but now the port cabin is done and I am quite pleased with the result.

(Again, this image is a stitch of 3 different photos, so some details are a bit screwed…)

As you can see, the berths are a mix between a racer’s sea berth and a traditional comfortable cruiser bed. They are wide and have nice cushions, but they are also adjustable to the yachts heel angle. A thin cushion against the wall will be added later as well.

I use a 3:1 dinghy sheeting system for the adjustment, so you can even adjust the angle from the top berth without getting out of it. Well… maybe not if there are two very heavy guys sleeping. But I can do it myself when I’m in the bed, anyway!

(Oh, and for those of you who did “get” the title: Yes, I am an Adventure Grandmaster :-) )

Feb 112011

Here’s the answer to last post’s quiz: Right as you descend from the deck-house, just outside the main bathroom, I have placed a wall of small storage compartments where each crew member will have his/her own. For gloves, glasses and other small items you usually find floating around the boat.

I wanted a mirror on top of this shelf where crew members could check out their gear, and the more vain can check out their looks. Since I have been looking for some crazy detail to offset the clean space-ship looks of the interior, this mirror became the perfect detail. Love it or hate it ;-) !

(And the drink goes to you Oscar, who was first to say the “mirror” word. But since I don’t know you, you’ll have to show up to get it!)

Feb 082011

OK, it’s simple: Guess what part of the boat this is:

Hint to those of you who are new visitors: We are currently working on the interior.

First one to get it right wins a glass of the special “Journeyman Caipirinha” cocktail.

(And the few of you who knew beforehand are not allowed to spoil the fun!!)

Jan 272011

Things are moving along nicely. The salon interior has just been finished and work has moved on to the forward bathrooms.

There is comfortable seating space for 9-10 people with this layout. I have also implemented the bar, as you can see in the upper right corner.

(This is an extreme wide angle shot, so the dimensions look a bit distorted…)

The bar has been equipped with the cargo securing system that I will put in throughout the boat: Very strong elastic ribbons, closed by adjustable slip locks.