Looking forward, toward the bow of the boat. 

The berth that we sleep in, called the V-berth, is shown in the middle back of the photo.  The white pole is the lower part of the sailboat's mast.  The cabinet to the back left houses the boat's air-conditioner/heating unit, and a hanging locker is located next to the cabinet. Across from the air-conditioner cabinet is the door to the head (restroom).


The V-berth is as wide across the front as a king sized bed, but narrows toward the bow of the boat.  The feet are on the narrow end, and the head is on the wide end.  There are shelves that run along each side of the berth, which will be used to store books, movies, and anything else I can fit there!

Shown below is the starboard (right side) of the interior.  There are 2 cabinets for storage and three cabinets along the setee for additional food storage.  The setee slides out toward the drop-leaf table and makes into a large single bed.  We have XM satellite radio with a 10-CD changer and a flat screen TV with DVD for entertainment.


The port (left) side of the interior has one cabinet for storage, a shelf, a closet that contains the air-conditioner/heating unit, and another hanging closet for more storage.  Three additional cabinets for storage are located along the setee and three drawers are located along the sole (floor) of the boat.  Cruising boats have a lot of storage so that they can go weeks between provisioning.  Adequate storage is also needed for tools and parts, as there is no repairman that can be called at sea, and no Sears or West Marine around the corner.  The Captain has to be a jack of all trades... sailor, mechanic, decision-maker.  The First Mate is the helper, navigator, cook, sailor, and entertainment director.


Everything on a boat has a different name than a house.  Shown below is the galley (kitchen) of the boat.  Two deep sinks with hot/cold water, a special faucet for filtered drinking water, and a salt water faucet (used to rinse dishes to conserve water).  We have a Sea Recovery watermaker which will make 17 gallons/hour fresh water from seawater.  A Honda EU2000i generator is used to power the watermaker.  There is a three-burner propane stove with oven.  The refrigerator is located to the right of the stove and is accessed by 3 top-opening doors. The refrigeration is a DC Frigoboat system which has a freezer side on the right (single opening) and a refrigeration side (double opening).  This system replaced an engine-driven which meant we had to crank the engine once a day for about one hour to freeze two holding plates inside. We have three built-in water tanks that hold a total of 120 gallons of fresh water.  We also have a DC Engel refrigerator/freezer that can be regulated by a thermostat to be either a refrigerator or freezer.  Currently, we use it as a refrigerator to store beverages... milk, soft drinks, and beer.

Below, the Sea Recovery water maker system.  We installed it ourselves... but this is not a job for the faint-hearted.  During our installation process, we found out from the company that customers rarely attempt to install their own systems.  There are many components and it is a complicated process.  The main thing we can say now is that we have a real understanding of the system, which we probably wouldn't have if we had someone else do the work.

LA's favorite form of entertainment on the boat.... his Martin guitar.

The bathroom on the boat is called the head.  A shower curtain is pulled around the grated area for showering, using a pull-out shower head located at the sink.  The toilet is flushed by pumping a handle on the right side.  Marine toilets are not designed to accommodate toilet paper, so all toilet paper is placed in a waste paper basket instead of flushing.  We also have a hot/cold shower located in the cockpit which may be used when we are in secluded anchorages.

View from the front of the boat looking out toward the cockpit (stern area) of the boat.  Under the steps to the cockpit is the engine room.  The steps are removed, the forward panel is removed, and a panel is lifted for easy access to the engine.  To the right of the photo is a wet locker used to store wet gear.  A navigation table is located directly behind the wet locker.  In the back right corner of the photo is the quarterberth.  The quarterberth may be used for sleeping, but is more commonly used for storage.  The watermaker will be installed in the quarterberth and additional room will be available for engine batteries and storage.


Photo on the left is the navigation table with the radar/GPS and VHF radio.  An SSB (single-side band) receiver will be installed and used to receive weather information.  The photo on the right shows the drop-leaf table open on one side.  The table can accommodate up to six people.  The settee on the left (port) side of the boat will slide out all the way to the drop-leaf table (in the closed position) and this berth will sleep two adults.



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