Originally Posted by Abaco
She is beautiful. I really like the forward steering station. One questions. Where will the mainsheets be led to prevent conflict with the coachroof when the windward boom is amidships?
The forward steering position is inspired by the lovely Chris White designs, but I have selected to make the cockpit
wide rather than long, as the CW designs have too much of a "mono" layout IMO, where you have to edge past the helm
station to get to the winches and lines.
My design means that I can't have berths on the bridgedeck, but this is the worst place to sleep in bad weather
With 1 forward (port side) cabin
and 2 aft cabins with no engines, I have what I want. This is a cruiser not a charter
The mainsheets will be fixed on the outer edge of the coachroof, which is about 60 cms inboard of the "centerline". This should be about right for beating, if we need to get the boom more centered to the mast we can use a barber-hauler, but in my experience with cats, they are best sailed a bit loose.
The mainsheet only has to handle the sideways forces from the rig, and not the upward ones that are handled by the fixed vang, so maybe we can manage with only a 1:2 setup. If not we will have a tandem setup with a 1:2 and say a 1:4 or more for fine trim.
The main sheet will be double ended, one end at the aft helm station, and one at the forward cockpit. The sheet will be run inside the boom and into the mast, down and out at the bottom of the mast, and back up to the deck
level. The outhaul
, reef lines, and aft sail tension will also be led this way, as will the halyards. At the deck level there will be covered line runs to the forward cockpit.
This is the plan, but we haven't finalised the details, we will probably build a mockup of the lower part of the mast, from the boom down, to ensure that we can handle the twist when the mast rotates, both relative to the boom, as well as to the boat.
Any ideas on how to improve this would be most welcome, as there aren't alot of other boats like this out there to talk to.