Good on ye, Mate — the tape measure is yer friend :-)
No, there is no rule
for the depth
of the countertop. In retrofitted boats, and "owner-fitted" boats, it tends to be "whatever there's room for". Much depends on your personal "style" and the way you order the priorities of your life aboard, which must necessarily be MUCH simpler than your life ashore. For me the priority sequences is: 1) Handling the ship; 2) Navigating; 3) Eating 4) Reading [whether books
or computer] 5) sleeping; 6) Cooking
; 7) Everything else. In consequence the space below decks is organized to facilitate doing those things in that order of priority.
Though TrentePieds was touted as a "Pilot House Sloop" she isn't. There is no steering
station in the house, and I don't want one gobbling up space in such a tiny ship. I can wear my oilies!
stations are an abomination in most tiny ships. Therefore the one in TrentePieds will become part of the galley
to facilitate civilized cooking
aboard. In my days of teaching sailing ("crooze'n'learn"s) I liked to wow the students by whipping up something unusual and elegant on a three-burner propane
cooker. If you are a good cook ashore, you'll want to set up your galley
to reflect that. That includes stowage for the utensils that are essential for civilized cooking. We can talk more about that later. For now, just make mental note that most galleys are too small, then pass on to deal with other stuff.
A separate nav-station is, as I said, an abomination. In your ship, pop a chart-plotter on the ledge by the wheel
, but set up so you can use paper charts
. Here in Canada
we are required by law to navigate by paper charts
, and I do that for preference. I cut my charts to a size that fits within the fiddles on my dinette table, so that in effect becomes the nav-station, thereby liberating space for the galley. You are a noob so DON'T deprive yourself of the fundamental skills of pilotage by getting wired on a chart-plotter! The plotter is a handy tool but no substitute for real piloting skills!
You can make a wonderful little ship out of the boat you bought, but you gotta be really, really systematic about analysing and rationalising YOUR "conduct" aboard - the way YOU like to do things. You also need to think about YOUR bodily space requirements in three dimensions, so the arrangements don't impede the things you need to do, the things you want to do and the way you like to do them.
So focus on getting the wheelhouse sorted first. Then you can pass on to other spaces.
You asked about the exhaust
. Yes, there are other ways, viz a socalled "wet exhaust". We can come back to that later. Get the wheelhouse sorted!
You asked about a shower
: The counsel you had - eschew shower
installations - is fundamentally sound, though a shower IS possible, even with plenty of hot water
as long as you are alongside. Again, one thing at a time. We can come back to the shower. Get the wheelhouse sorted :-)!