Friday, July 15, 2016

Main Cabin Layout



Something that has become very apparent to Lorri and I as we sit aboard Autarkia in the evening, cocktail in hand - to discuss things and brainstorm in general, is that the main cabin with standing headroom is a super space as it is.  It simply does not need any built-ins at all - no dinette, and no fixed seating.

Because that space, once the floorboards are down is about 8 feet by 10 feet if you include under the side decks.  That area could accommodate quite a few air mattresses and sleeping bags, should some of our kids and their families want to do an overnighter with us.  Otherwise, a table and chairs can be used, or stowed away.  A couple of folding love-seats turns the space into a comfortable salon in which to entertain after dinner.

The woodstove would then be mounted on the bulkhead beside the doorway forward.  The only cabinetry we would have is some over the galley, and upper bookshelves/cabinets along the sides above the side windows.

As we mused on this, we then thought we could take our showers and baths in here as well, by bringing in our plastic farm trough from the forward utility room, and a candlelit, wood fire atmosphered  bath of sorts becomes possible.

What makes all of this multi-functionality in this space possible, is that we do not have to store anything here at all.  Autarkia has scads of storage elsewhere.  Of course galley gear and supplies need to be handy but they can go in the aforementioned upper shelves and cabinets, as well as under the aft deck.

Now all we have to do is look for some funky and functional furniture for this sailing houseboat!

I have more good news too.  It will be covered in further posts, but I have hired the help of a certain -soon to disclosed -  yacht designer who is well respected among the circles of unusual watercraft aficionados.  My rig worries will soon be over.  And my masts will dip for the bridges!  Yee HA!

11 comments:

  1. One other advantage of collapsible and movable furniture is that you can take it on deck, over to the beach, or where-ever you want. You might consider putting in hard points to hang hammocks on for sleeping. I am eagerly awaiting the new rig news!

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    1. Thanks Dennis. I really like the hammock hook idea. We'll put those in for sure!

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    2. What about "stiffness" The trilobyte guy" (forget his name) recommends "eggcrate" internal construction for a stronger overall structure if I recall.

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    3. That's Dave Zeiger you are referring to, Everitt. Unlike Dave's design recommendations, I have a lot of extra stringers and frames, as well as a very thick hull. It's pretty stiff, especially now the deck is on. There will be some internal construction in the mid and forward cabin though, plus the two rows of upper cabinets in the main cabin. Should be good.

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  3. I'm on board with the flexispace concept, hammock hooks, and every other multi-use feature I can think of. However, just to play devil's advocate for a minute, how do you plan to deal with the fact that a boat isn't a stable, stationary platform? I don't think that optimism will be sufficient.


    Reference: See first "Beam Reach" (right side of diagram), then "Beam Reach" (left side):

    http://www.fake-it.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/points-of-sail1.jpg

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    1. Well, optimism has worked in the past! Seriously though, anything that needs to be stowed underway will be stowed. I will probably build the dinette table and it will fasten in place, maybe with sliding latches. For chairs we are thinking those stacking plastic ones that look like wicker, and are for outdoor use. They are not heavy and can be bungee corded to something underway. Everything else that needs to stay in the galley for the sake of handiness, will be stowed in some upper cabinets and under the aft deck. So we can keep that whole space relatively clutter free. All else - long term food storage, clothing, gear, guns, fishing stuff, guitars, etc, etc, can be stowed elsewhere on the boat quite securely.

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  4. Hi Alan, here is a possibility from Princess auto http://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/8-ft-horizontal-trailer-e-track-strip/A-p8347965e
    A strip of this track will allow easily adjustable tie off points all around the cabin, maybe a second to tie hammocks to as well.

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    1. Here is a US company, has L track which looks better, and has plastic filler strips for unused sections
      http://www.cargoequipmentcorp.com/Series-L-Track-Fittings-s/70.htm
      and the attachment bits, the 10 packs at the bottom for tie down rings look good
      http://www.cargoequipmentcorp.com/Accessories-for-L-Track-s/503.htm

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    2. Thanks Dennis, will check it out!

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    3. Dennis, I never saw those handy things before. Thanks for sharing them with us. I can already see them fitting into my evil plans! ;-)

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