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jimthom 12-31-2004 11:50 PM

Side Deck width
Does anyone have any opinions on the minimum width of the side decks on a 35'' yacht, particularly near the shrouds?

Thanks, Jimthom

paulk 01-01-2005 11:56 AM

Side Deck width
Talk to two sailors about deck width, and you''re likely to come up with five opinions about it. A big deck width is nice so you can drag the new jib forward, up from the cockpit locker, with the least amount of hassle when you change jibs. Of course many people now find it easier to simply furl their roller-furler jib from the cockpit, and not bother going forward at all. What''s wide enough depends a lot on how much the boat heels. If the boat heels just a little, narrower decks could be OK. If the boat heels a lot, wider decks would make it easier to maneuver. If the boat REALLY heels a lot, you''ll be walking on the cabin trunk anyway, so the width of the deck wouldn''t make too much difference, and you might like the added space below if the decks were narrow. Lots of options and opinions.

jimthom 01-01-2005 03:57 PM

Side Deck width
Thank you paulk for your overview, it is pretty much what I needed to hear.

starcresttoo 01-01-2005 04:22 PM

Side Deck width
the proper term for the aforementioned area is "catwalk"

paulk 01-01-2005 06:24 PM

Side Deck width
Always thought the catwalk was the raised pathway (does is qualify as a gangway?) between the engine house (aft) and the bridge house (midships) on a tanker. Never heard of one on a sailboat before. If you don''t learn something every day, why wake up?

DelmarRey 01-02-2005 10:56 AM

Side Deck width
According to the "Lenfestey Dictionary of Nautical Terms" (8,500 words and terms) A CATWALK is a narrow walk way between slips or piers to small boats, a metal grating across a deck or in an engine room.

And the deck area next to the shrouds would be called the "deck amidships"

elhanley 01-04-2005 04:36 PM

Side Deck width
If anyone says, "deck amidships" to me, I''ll make believe I didn''t hear them.

starcresttoo 01-06-2005 08:01 PM

Side Deck width
just dont ask to walk the gangplank

DelmarRey 01-08-2005 10:51 AM

Side Deck width
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