Tents! Well you either love em or you’ve actually been camping.
But marine awnings? A whole different thing. They are so good nowadays they’re pretty much a standard on any boat. Strung between a coachroof-lid and a bulwark, they stop wind and rain from ruining your evening, while still giving you that terrific view of the cute bay or harbour that you chose to stop the night in.
So given the option of enclosing a space for the times when the weather’s a bit dodgy or living within three walls when every cell in your body screams “I wanna be outside on this perfect evening”!What do you do?
Well I overstated it a wee bit, but you get the picture? Having a nice wide aft deck, on a boat designed for barmy weather, I’d rather have it open and close it up when needed.
Good use of space is essential in compact cats. Yachts offer probably the most efficient use of space. Vast experience in designing charter catamarans – where you get 6 double en-suite cabins in less than half the size of a tennis court – allows extreme efficiency without compromising the feeling of roominess.
The galley counter converts to a dining table by sliding it inboard. In the centre position it hides the sink and cooker.
The queen-size berth is also a comfy couch for watching the scenery slide by
The loose seating converts to single upright chairs, a couch and an occasional extra berth
The shower unit is behind a door that, when opened, expands the cubicle into a full size, private shower. Steam escapes outside and the drain goes straight into a holding tank. Using this to wash off with fresh water after a swim, the waste water can run overboard.
The heads do not open into the cabin, keeping all smells outside. If you’re away from people you can enjoy a ‘loo with a view’
The 12V fridge is top-opening and slides out from under the cooker. A deep cool box in the hull adds extra capacity.
The tillers lift up when not in use allowing the entire aft deck to be enclosed. When manoeuvring under engines alone they drop-down to lock the rudders
The large, flat windscreen in front opens to give proper ventilation in mild weather
Access to the sea is down one transom. Garbage stowage is in the other. Folding bikes and other toys go forward
Suitcases and large items go under the berth. A hanging locker and shelves takes the rest of your stuff.
Tablet / phone / camera / drone charging in a dedicated station at the inside helm