The problem with forward looking sonar is that the surface water
(6ft) is aerated too much for it to work. Shame. My bro does naval sonar and explained patiently when I asked about hearing/avoiding the big ships when solo night sailing/sleeping.
I remember the Ceylon tsunami debris caused a member
here to lash oars to each bow to protect them against the heavier stuff in his plastic cat.
As a Prout Fanatic you'll note that all forward edges are designed to press debris down and under, including the keel
, and the prop is nominally protected by it drive leg (outboard style).
Some of the vertical stemmed hulls aren't going to enjoy bouncing over logs
or containers. The forward crash cells do need to be properly isolated from the boat interior
. Top (deck) access for bulky but light storage
is fine if they have a pipe that allows them to be sounded and pumped dry regularly.
The thro hull
instruments are particularly prone to damage from beach or debris. Consider where your leak alarm
is and add another in the box that traps and contains the 5 litre leaks
you get when cleaning/changing the instruments. That's the right place to put your sink outlets too just in case they leak slowly. Keeping the thro hulls together saves hassle when they go wrong, just allow plenty of working space.
And do remember to contact the rescue
frequency and offer assistance with search, support and transport if you are in a disaster area. Nothing much is working, most boats are lost
or damaged, you've got a vital asset if you are still floating.