Aft Layout

At this point I thought you might like a few captions to point out where things are in this design. The guest berth aft will be a single, but John’s plans call for a double. We decided to put in a seat at the foot of the aft companionway with a wet locker adjacent. We didn’t think we needed room for six to sleep, so we chose to accommodate a 54” double forward for in-port comfort with two singles, one aft and one forward. The single berths are very roomy at 36” wide and a full seven feet long. Underway, we’ll most likely use the aft berth as a sea berth. When we have couples as guests, I guess the first mate and I may have to sleep separately- one drawback to our plan.

The stern window opens awning-style and can be left open in damp weather for great flow-through ventilation. A couple we met on their Searunner 37 in Pirate’s Cove, British Columbia, had just arrived from Hawaii. They told us that the stern window had been left open the entire way!

I am building the steering quadrant myself. It goes where the word “Stern” is. I am using aircraft sheaves for the steering pull-pull system. The auxiliary engine will be installed below the cockpit with access from above and from inside the aft cabin. The cockpit floor is not in yet. It will probably be one of last things to get glued down.


Photographs copyright Nina Courtney.