I have been checking out some old style trimarans - Piver
Nimble 30 footers and Hedley Nicol Islander 32 footer. In the main cabin
under the mast
, there is a crawlway that goes into the forepeak. One tri had the head
and a bed
in the forepeak, another had the head
Getting into the forepeak is a bit of a problem, in fact, impossible for my wife who has back trouble and can't crouch that low. The space is very low. It seems like a main support structure cuts across the cabin
making for a difficult entry/exit to the forepeak.
The last tri I looked at, the height of the top of the crawl hole was higher than others I had looked at and cut in a semicircle. I wondered if it had been cut out higher after being built and if it compromised strength in any way. The design is very awkward for getting to and fro the forepeak so I don't reckon the designer
was trying to be difficult but that it was essential for strengthening, which means change it with caution.
Anyway, that last tri, so I have just heard, has developed a crack near the mast
and the owner is going to get a boatbuilder
to assess it and work out how to strengthen up the mast supports.
It would make moving about in the boat so much easier if that space between the cabin and forepeak was higher.
Do you know how the height of the crawl space can be made higher without compromising integrity of the structure
Here's some pics of tris on the 'net where you can see the area I am talking about
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#5, the crawl way has a curtain half across the little opening.
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