E400,000 is a new MaineCat41 and a small house here, but You have scored a Bullseye with me. I have a few quibbles, though.
The forward bench in the salon
is too close to the window. It would be a perpetual head-knocker. moving the bench aft for a small 6" deep shelf would be useful for fans, speakers, or charts
, etc. and a good place to hide a watermaker
A sturdy outward opening companionway hatch
would be reassuring, as would some very large drains in the salon
floor (with a simple flap for a check valve) to drain driven rain if not a pooping sea.
top must be sturdy enough to kneel or stand on when working on the mainsail
. Needs non-skid, and wiring
chases for solar panels
and mushroom antennas.
PLEASE incorporate enough electrical
chases to allow easy future additions. These could be flush mounted antennas on the cabin
roof, a rain collector on the bimini
, replacement hull
transducers, a (gasp) radar
and/or N2K weather
station on the masthead, plus whatever new comes along in the next twenty years.
I hope that there is enough room at trhe helm
to mount a big multifunction display at the helm
and one at the nav station, with easy wire channels between the two. A wide door in front of a shielded electronics
bay would be very nice.
provide a way to hang fenders at virtually any position along the hulls.
Leave at least one bow locker deep enough to hang fenders and wet docklines to dry out.
And I hope there is enough room around the engines for a full removeable sound shield and access for really serious maintenance
Build in a place near each transom to attach chainplates for a drag device.
Incorporate a mounting for a single
pole boarding ladder, that extends at least 4 feet below the water
. Perhaps just a glue on wart (or bollock) on the bottom step.
Explore (via computer simulation) how the cat would float inverted in the hope of rigging
a few temporary berths above the inverted water
line. Make some of the less acccessible voids airtanks to float the boat higher or more evenly when inverted. Offer escape hatches
, nonskid on the surface of the bridgedeck, and pad eyes (or just mounting sites for lifelines
, and an emergency equipment
bin accessible from both the top and the bottom. Mount the EPIRB
where it can be reached and activated from both right-side-up and inverted.
Protect the freshwater tanks
from seawater contamination, perhaps with just a check valve and a flopping pickup.
Protect the fuel tanks
from leaking inverted, and explore some way of protecting the batteries for the same reason.
Build in lightweight ladders or steps into any compartment more than hip deep.
Make the rudder
posts strong enough to hang the boat on. Make the emergency
tiller actually useable, possibly with small block and tackle.
Make a place to store a spare dagger board and rudder
Facilitate installing a storm jib
tacked to the back of the trampoline.
Facilitate a bowsprit
or prodder than can be positioned to port or starboard for tighter sheeting angles and to stay out of the way of the genoa
Facilitate an optional rotating partial wing mast
, with a top plate for masthead light and weather
transducer that doesn't rotate. It could be a torque tube from the forestay tang swivel.
Incorporate an optional copper mesh ground plane (ssb antenna
counterfoil) into your layup
schedule so that it is sealed and protected from damage, but has wide clamps for foil attachment.
And lose a pound or two while you're doing all that!