I'm puzzled! That Danish chap in the first video sails
a 45-footer called Mathilde. Nothing wrong with that, but why, then, his advocacy of "small" and "simple"? "Small", for a single
chap, is something like the Nordic Folkboat
(27') native to his home waters, or the KingsCruiser (29'). Or as he himself points out - 19 feet. For some of us, 45 ain't "small" :-)
TrentePieds is 30', 9K displacement
, 6'3" headroom
, separate sleeping cabin
for man and maid, enclosed head
with facility for a shower
. No shower
installed because I'm still man enuff to punch holes in a bucket and running it up 9 feet above the deck
. No quarter berths, cos we are only man and maid, but some boats of the type have excellent quarter berths for kiddies, dogs
, cats and other such cargo.
The toilet has a "bladder" type holding tank
. Only there because regulations
require it. Normally we "hold it" till we are outside restricted zones, then discharge the fish
food directly overboard
. The "holding tank" empties by means of a manual "Whale" pump. Easier just to go out of a restricted zone and lay on the pump handle than it is to find a pump-out station and fork over five and twenty bux for the service! And again, being only man and maid (and the maid being occupied elsewhere), I'm still man enuff to "do it" from the leeward shrouds.
is straight forward: Ice box, sink - regrettably with pressure water
, but that will go in favour of a foot pump. Propane
three-burner stove with oven
. I cook when afloat much as I do ashore. A pièce de résistance is Kedgeree. Fresh bread is a harbour pleaser too. Not much else to do on passage
"Navigation systems" live inside my head
. Augmented by magnetic compass
and an aftermarket automotive type GPS
that gives me coordinates that I plot on paper charts
. Not much else to do on passage
:-). Don't need a knot-meter. TrentePieds moves at five knots cruising speed, i.e. 6,076 x 5 feet per hour, say 30K feet in an hour, say 500 feet or 16 boat lengths in a minute. Or 4 boat lengths while you "count 15 elephants". Speed "over the ground", which is mostly what I need to know, comes from plotting the GPS
coordinates on the charts
, taking the distance twixt position in the dividers and transferring it to the scale on the side of the chart. Out of sheer boredom while on passage I do that every 15 minutes. two minutes of work that keeps you from falling asleep :-)! If you really, really want to know your momentary speed, go forward with chip on a string, toss it ahead and start counting elephants when it passes the stem. Helmsman calls "MARK" as the chip passes the transom, and you do the simple math. 30 feet in X seconds = Y knots.
? 10 fathoms on net twine with a fisherman's lead "sinker" on the end, and knotted each fathom in the traditional way. We sometimes get queer looks from anchorage mates when MyBeloved sings out: "MARK TWAIN!" :-)
. An deplorable affectation in a 30-footer. Totally wrecks the back porch as well as estranges you from the "feel" of the boat that a tiller gives you, feel that is IMO essential for proper sail management.
If you really want to keep it simple - just keep it simple :-) You can add the gee-gaws later if you want to. You may find by that time that, nah - there is really no need for them. If you WANT them, than that's a whole different argument :-)