“God is in the Details
Mies Van Der Rohe, speaking on “Restraint in Design” (architectural), is quoted as saying “God is in the details”.
I invite your comments, criticisms, and your additions to this discussion.
There are numerous little (and some not so little) features and details, that I believe will make one boat “better” than another. Some of these have universal utility - no matter your intended purposes, and some will be more useful to a particular usage.
Follows a short list (not nearly complete & in no particular order) of some of the features & details that I think constitute universally good boat design & construction:
joint should be through bolted with large fender
washers (at least), and backing plates
at all point-load locations (stanchions, cleats
The joint should be sealed with an elastomeric compound, or even glassed & epoxied.
The flange should be an inward or fully-boxed geometry - not outward or shoe-box.
I cannot think of any boat application (other than merely decorative) where I would recommend screwed fastenings. All fastenings should be through bolted and backed, or tapped.
mounted chainplates, providing tight sheeting angles, should penetrate the deck at a raised “housekeeping pad”, which will prevent the accumulation of standing water
. Alternatively, the chainplates could penetrate at an inclined (cambered) deck location.
The deck area should be reinforced, and the annular opening sealed with an elastomeric compund.
The chainplate attachment to the hull
must be substantial, and should possess straight-line force transfer.
Deck Camber & Shear
Decks should have a slight camber (higher at centreline than rail) to prevent the accumulation of standing water
. A slight shear is not only attractive, but also useful in shedding water.
A carefully designed combination of camber and shear can reduce the amount of hull streaking (due to run-off) and improve the rainwater catching potential.
It is important to have a bridgedeck high enough to prevent downflooding. Consideration should also be given to the ease of ingress/egress through the companionway
. I’ve always preferred a bridgedeck with enough horizontal depth
to provide a small seating area at the companionway
Some additional issues worth examination :
Structural Framing ( Frames & Stringers) & Bulkheads:
(Cleats, Bittes, Chocks & Fairleads, etc.):
What are the little things that you
think make a better boat?