Currently i am in the process of restoring an Eygthene 24 Quarter Tonner (see blog), that i bought and am restoring myself. The eventual goal next year is single handed offshore work, to make life easier, i'll define that as off shore passages without landfall of 5 days or over!
I'm not worried about the design of the boat itself being suited to this purpose, its a modest hull shape, with a 55% ballast ratio, and sea trials so far have shown it to be very capable (just very wet!) in the sailing department, i deliberately looked into boats with a good reputation for sea-worthiness before buying, and i know for a fact that one of these has crossed the pond. (Although i am aware that doesn't necessarily mean anything.)
Anyway this is getting to long winded, basically in the boat there is an interior moulding that apart from giving poor access to the hull, is breaking away in places, and i am taking the opportunity this winter to renovate the whole lot. What i need from you is ideas, and suggestions for the new layout, i am amenable to any suggestions other than buy another boat!
Plans are still lose so far, but i plan to fill all the holes (previous owner) in the bulkhead, and re-veneer it.
Any suggestions could you try and think through some of the technicalities, i.e. if you suggest to move the bulkhead to gain more space, how do the chainplates then attach? etc.
The boat is:
Length over all: 7,32 m
Length waterline: 6,35 m
Beam: 2,95 m
Draught: 1,40 m
Mast: 9,45 m
Displacement: 1955 kg
Ballast: 1020 kg
Sail Area: 25 m2
Design Year: 1973
The beam is all at deck level, it has a 6'3 waterline beam!
Basically the criteria is:
- Suitable for offshore distance work (i.e. chart table, but probably a folding or lift out one as space is limited.)
- Still sleep 4 people (but very squashed), but 2 comfortably
- Retain sea toilet, (its currently through the door and left in the forecabin)
- When your not at sea, it still needs to be liveable.
- Homely because i may be on for long periods of time.
Its the experience i want, i.e. maybe you've discovered that it helps to put some sort of screen across something or other to keep it dry etc.
And if you read all that, big thanks!
(Pictures below of current layout, appreciate its a mess, that's cos i've done nothing to it yet!)