Of the innovations or just "nice touches" that we've built into our boats, these are my favorites.
#1 On my last rocket of a WET trimaran
, I needed an inside steering
station! This 32" bubble hatch
did the trick nicely. I was on auto, with a remote
in my hand... sometimes @ 19 knots!
#2 our current
"cored composite" light weight but STRONG hard dodger
, with opening hatches in the top.
#3 enough solar panels
to live energy self sufficient almost year round.
#4 A full cockpit
enclosure that works at sea... (seen here hard to windward in 35+ knot
winds & 13' seas) It also makes an extra cabin
at the dock
, can cool the whole boat, and be heated as well.
#5 An aft cabin
"brow extension" that allows our 4' wide aft hatch
to be left open, even in a driving rain.
#6 An awning that shades the majority of the cabin when anchored out. Yet can stand a thunderstorm!
#7 Our vacuum panel insulated fridge, that has the efficiency of one with over 7" of foam, yet takes up only 1/3rd of the space.
#8 A clutch
to hold the roller furling
line. By keeping it engaged, I can head
up, luff a second, and pull with one hand, then quickly fall off to prevent "irons". After repeating this a few times, I have reefed with one hand kept on the wheel
, and didn't have to fight the sail or turn the boat around.
#9 After years of thinking, and 5 months of work for my wife & I, I figured a way to install a really light weight windlass
locker, that would self bail, even though it was below the waterline. (the entire locker and connecting "witches hat", was < 35#)