I had a Charlie Morgan
classic 34. In the 16 years that I had her, I did a lot of refitting including a total interior gut and rebuild
including a new foredeck ground tackle locker.
Here are some things I learned:
Topside design impacts the interior in a big way. I had a lazarette big enough to get in which was magnificent for storage and a great place for the propane
since I was able to vent it out the scuppers below the tank! There were cockpit
lockers and I cut a panel out of the foredeck as close to the stem as possible and it was another very useful place for salty nasties.
These features keep salty wet stuff out of the interior. What I did not have which I really wanted was a wet locker for foulies right at the companionway in the main saloon. That is going to be a tricky design problem for you but totally worth it if you can figure out how to do it. Being able to doff and don your weather
gear is going to keep things below a lot more - civilized.
Traditionally the galley is to port but the reason is so archaic as to be irrelevant these days. Just make the ice box uber insulated and have a way to vent the stove straight up to release unwanted heat. Look into aerogel for your ice box and study the science of insulation
. Every little way you keep heat out of the ice box translates directly into greater leisure. Forget about a genset or refrigeration
on a yacht that size unless you want to ship one of those Honda
generators. They work very well and are quiet. I ran a small portable AC with one for summer tropic cruises. I could go 10 days with fresh milk with that ice box.
One thing I added that I really loved was a pilot berth. This is an aft quarter berth. Super handy for stowage and snug no matter which tack you are on as you can brace yourself either on the hull
or the engine bulkhead and sleep with your head right at the companionway. You can trick it out with a compass
that mounts to the overhead.
You will have to put the master salon
forward and so it communicates with the head - with privacy. Oh - definitely put a freshwater hose in the cockpit
so you may shower
there as well.
As for the rest of the layout, keep it simple and easy to clean. I actually made it so I could pull out the cushions
and hose down the interior everywhere possible.
is a precious commodity. Carry as much as you can.