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In this post I want to talk about a few below deck features we really liked about our former boats — Elizabeth, a Bristol Channel Cutter 28 and Daphne, a Nor’sea 27.
Huge expansive interiors look great at docks and entertain well, but are just a nightmare at sea.
I notice a lot of what I’ve said as far as ideal location of the various parts and pieces tends to pile things up in the companionway area. So these are just a few of the things we loved about our former boats, certainly far from an exhaustive list of things to consider when discussing offshore boats.
My water tankage (100 gallons worth) is in my bilge too, and while I like the idea of all that weight low and centered, I hate the idea of it occupying lots of bilge volume in the event the boat takes on water.
Now that’s the kind of technology that makes me feel good about the direction the cruising world is going. Any idea if anyone has installed these to use their old holding tank as a liquids only tank to extend the times between pump outs? My number one interior priority is one that I still don’t have, a good heating system. We have some great quarter berths aft, but we actually prefer our fold down Concordia style berths. I think every galley layout works pretty well, but the real difference between a good galley layout and a bad one is in the details.
Ben I talked to you a year or two ago about the comparisons of the the NS27′ and the BCC28. The newest offering from this American builder turned in a hot ride on an early spring New England day.
There’s a lot of the traditional Tartan to found on this latest Jackett design: rich woodwork throughout the interior, careful attention to joinery, beefy deck hardware, double forestay Cruise Control Rig that includes a carbon spar, swept-back spreaders and carbon pocket boom. In a breeze that hovered in the low teens, the 4000 pushed through a light chop with authority, and the versatile sail plan—self-tending jib on the inner forestay, big screecher on the outer—gave us plenty of tools to keep our boat speed up. You’ll find a complete review of the new 4000 in Cruising World later this year, but a for a sneak preview of a few of the details that contribute to it being a lovely boat to sail, check out the photo gallery I brought back with me. Clearly delighted with their new acquisition, they beckoned us below."Two double cabins aft and another forward. It went on like this - two heads complete with showers, velour upholstery everywhere."Why aren't all cruising sailboat interiors like this? I was about to point out that the prospect of sailing anywhere on a 38ft sailboat with seven other people didn't exactly fill me with joy, when realization dawned - closely followed by relief that my criticism of the boat's apparent shortcomings had remained unspoken. This sailboat wasn't supposed to be an offshore cruiser - it just looked like one from the outside. But, had this sailboat been intended for offshore sailing, how would its interior have differed?
The primary difference would be that it wouldn't be designed to cater for the requirements of eight people. With the two heads taking up the most stable part of the boat, the only place left for the designer to put the galley is forward in the saloon. Berths can be broadly be divided into two types; those that can only be utilised when the boat is flat and level, and those that are also suitable for use in a seaway.
The fundamental design features of a good sea berth are:~It should be parallel to the centreline of the yacht as is practicable.
On a short-handed sailboat, there's much to be said for a dedicated sea berth at the foot of the companionway. Interior Layouts of Your Sailboats Here is my new sailboat, currently under construction.

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As we search for our new boat and peruse the boat sales websites, we find that the features listed below have subconsciously become features we seek in our new boat. For this reason, they make great wet lockers, and there’s no better place to store your foul weather gear ready to grab at a moments notice than at the companionway. You can stand in a single location and reach just about everything, thereby avoiding bouncing with hands full between icebox and cutting board as the sea plays pinball with you. Handholds along the overhead are a start, but what’s best are things to lean your hip into as you walk thru the cabin with your hands full. If it requires extra electric wiring, in the name of convenience, it’s bound to need maintenance, break down, and require money to repair in the name of inconvenience. We’d love to hear what offshore friendly features you like about your boats interiors in the comments.
The hand or foot pump helps conserve water on a long passage or just make the need to fill up less often. Let’s start with the twin wheels mounted on carbon-fiber pedestals that let Jackett expand the width of the cockpit without widening the hull where it meets the water. A really comfortable saloon and great facilities for the cook", they said, pointing out the dinette area to starboard, the galley opposite and the diminutive chart table."We can get eight people around it, and the table drops down to make another double bed.
We can't wait to get her in the water", they said, "Weekends cruising along the south coast with our friends and both sets of kids. It was a family sailboat intended for harbour hopping with only an occasional night spent at sea - never far from onshore facilities where its systems could be plugged in and topped up.And just perfect for the use to which the new owners would put it - a veritable sailing recreational vehicle. Four would be an ideal crew, although the sailboat could easily (and most likely would) be handled by two people.
There's only one sensible location for the heads - aft, at the foot of the companionway.Anywhere else, then in bad weather a wet, dripping, foulie-clad crew member will have to traipse right through the accommodation to get to it. Often they can be pulled out by a few inches when in bunk mode, to create more width for the slumbering occupant.
These are probably the best bunks of all for daytime sleeping as they don't interfere with the normal use of the cabin.
Whilst out of the way of cabin traffic, they tend to be poorly ventilated and can be particularly hot and noisy when under power.
Otherwise, the occupant will find himself head-down on one tack and head-up on the other - neither attitude being conducive to a decent kip.For comfort and security the ideal width is 700mm to 750mm, with 600mm as the absolute minimum. 6'2" headroom, a quarterberth, a V-berth and a dinette area are all good size sleeping areas.
Easy in and out, and with plenty of extra length for stuff beneath your feet because no matter how hard I try, stuff invariably ends up there.
Sometimes I prefer to think of the head as a wet locker that also just happens to have a toilet.
We both enjoy sitting in the companionway while on watch, our feet dangling down below, our heads above deck keeping a lookout – straddling the threshold. I’m impressed with the quanity of water you store in tanks instead of the smaller containers. The result is a boat that still tracks well under sail and a cockpit made for lounging while doing so.

In my experience most long-distance sailboats are crewed by a cruising couple, occasionally supplemented by one or two others when on a potentially arduous ocean passage.
A more practical location for the galley is further aft, next to the companionway as shown here. Pilot berths and settee berths must be fitted with lee cloths or bunk boards to keep the occupants snugly in place when the boat is heeling and rolling. The first installment of this series discussed things we loved about their hull and deck configurations. Making my way to the bow of a pitching, rolling boat and into an odorific, poorly ventilated hot box of privacy isn’t on my bucket list. Having the galley beneath the companionway allows for natural exhausting of both heat and steam right out the main hatch. On Elizabeth, the table usually works well for that – but are your table supports strong enough to support your weight in a seaway? It also allows for a walk-through transom to make life easier when boarding, either from the dinghy or dock.
In the summer holidays we'll head farther west, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth, Fowey, Falmouth, or maybe the Channel Islands if the weather's settled". A lee cloth should have a gap of around 500mm at the occupants head for ventilation.The minimum length of the berth should be 2m, which would allow a conventionally proportioned adult to use a pillow.
Here's a much better approach to finding exactly what you want and getting the best possible deal! In contrast to many of the newer production boats I’ve been aboard, traditional narrow, tight walking space are good things offshore. We used manual foot pumps, made hot water in the kettle, and got a little workout in by using the manual pump on the head. Daphne had a good view from the threshold, but Elizabeth with her dinghy on the cabin house did not. And the boat Ben purchased and we later sailed together was the same design as the Pardey’s boat. As with a couple of earlier Tartans, the transom looks solid, but has a fold-down door that doubles as a swim platform when you need it to. In fact, aboard Daphne Teresa removed the head altogether and used a bucket – pure and simple.
Most of the yacht designs shown in today’s gallery tops the interior of most houses and condos i ever seen in my live and the price range is way more higher. Interacting with these systems on a daily basis with your own hands or feet, helps give warning when problems are developing. Nowdays, modern yachts offers luxury that can fill all your needs miles away from the coast.
More on this below, but if the saloon seating is to be utilised for these, it's goodbye to the curved seating in the dinette area. Bad sea bunks are: wide, in the bow, perpendicular to the centerline, hard to stay in, and stuffy. We looked for many features from the BCC in our next boat -- some of them listed in this blog post.

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