Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On the Drawing Board 2015

- A cruising shoal draft aluminum boat with a "twist", as for the sail configuration. The "Elia System" for mast, rigging and sail plan. The renderings are showing an earlier version of the boat before modification to the deck with a pilothouse to give more headroom for the tall owner.


- Evolution for the 33. From double chine to triple. Increased headroom with a "pilothouse".

- What is underneath?
- A couple of different configurations.

- A Trawler of 50' in length, based on the Owner's specification about style, size, and layout. The project is on hold,  the owner having his present boat for sale.

A Westerman 51ft. Pilot Cutter 1998. Designed by Nigel Irens & Ed Burnett. Built by Covey Island.
If interested in purchasing this Classic beauty, please let me know. Full information readily available.


- The GLC 40 is underbid now. The ambition is to complete the Great Loop Circuit. Designed for a repeat customer, this aluminum boat is on the simple and rugged side of Yachting.

- The project started, based on the "Gentleman Cruiser" but evolved to something different, more adapted to the method of construction, and the ultimate goal for the vessel.

- The interior is for a couple, and does not allow guests to feel comfortable for long, the way it ought to be.

- It has been decided to drop the nose to increase the visibility from the pilothouse. This boat is a coastal, riverboat with the Great Loop in mind.


- Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year; the longest time I ever took to deliver  Preliminaries!

- Well, well. It started with a question?  If an RV (recreational vehicle) 37-40' long with an 8' beam for interior could be fitted into a sailboat. I guess simple enough and with a projected length of 49' as depicted with a provided Plan view, it ought to be a piece of cake.
- Except that.

- The other stipulations where to be. A double-ended hull for 3 free-standing masts, aft cabin, center cockpit, a pilothouse, and sure enough, the RV interior to fit inside. In my only telephone conversation, I expressed that the challenge would be with the emplacement of the 3 masts for the accommodation to circulate around. Plus the 3-dimensional aspect of hull shape, balance, stability, and sail handling.

- The hull is 48'-3" long, with a beam of 14'-10" necessary to important passageways with full headroom on either side of the center cockpit. The 1Rv's is short of another cabin simply because it was not anticipated on the photos and documents delivered for the project. So, what we have, starting from the stern; a double berth in the Master' cabin with a full complement of storage, hanging locker, drawers, and a dresser/ bureau. Going forward, a private head and shower on the starboard side. On the port side, we are going forward through the galley to join with the Saloon. Both version have similar interior arrangements to this point.

- On deck, the center cockpit is followed by a sunken pilothouse, with a dinette to port and an inside steering station. To starboard, a step brings you down to a day head and a full navigation area. Forward of the main bulkhead and a few steps, the location opens up to a double sofas type of layout. Clearly, an arrangement for a couple and with not even a guest cabin or separate sleeping except for a pilot berth squeezed onto the starboard side. This is all in all for the Rv's Accommodation Plan.

- 2Ap, with the second version there are things in common with the Rv; essentially the same layout for the aft cabin, the cockpit, the galley, and the head on port and starboard. I managed to keep the masts in the same position. Where things change, are the treatment inside the Pilothouse, the Saloon, and more importantly, the addition of a forward cabin. In the Pilothouse, the steering station is to starboard, and to port access is given to the galley down below. Ahead, below a couple of steps, the Saloon with a U. shape dining area supplemented by a small dinette position from right across. The forward cabin is very versatile and can eventually be transformed into different layouts like single beds, up and down bunk beds besides the double berth as shown. In any case this cabin offers many options. Storage is important all over and well represented in this configuration. So all for now and we will see where the above will lead us.

- Next:
- A 65' steel sailboat cargo ship.
Shallow draft, keel centerboard. Unfortunately, the preliminary did not go too far. It would have been fun to be involved with this project.

The first proposal featured a double-ender. I like this version, but the transom probably makes more sense.