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Old 14-06-2018, 12:25   #1
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Sailboat design for fishing

All ideas welcome.

The type of fishing I'm interested in is a few days spent offshore each year loading up on small (~7-15 kg/15-30lb) fish.

Ideally, the boat would:

-Be no larger than ~10m/35ft

-Be a platform conducive to fishing by being relatively clear on the stern allowing two people to fish with multiple lines (hand lines and rod/reels) and with space to bring multiple fish on deck at once without having to worry about them bouncing off if left unattended. Bringing fish into the cockpit isn't ideal since the blood and mucus would clog the drains.

-Have relatively easy access to coolers (removable, like Igloo rectangular coolers or collapsible kill bags) that preferably aren't stored in the galley or salon. A few hundred litres of cooler space is required.

-living quarters of at least 1 sleeping berth, simple galley, simple head.

I am mostly only familiar with smaller monohull sailboats and the time I've spent walking the docks hasn't produced any revelations about what type of sailing vessel I'm looking for. Aft deck of sailboats are often crowded with life rings, dinghy, stanchions, radar and solar towers, etc...and access to holds big enough to stow a few hundred pounds of ice are awkward at best.

Center cockpit boats have potential although I'm not aware of any that have easy external access to the aft cabin (assuming the aft cabin was where I'd stow my fish/ice).

(Pilot house style or ability to fit a hard dodger would be a bonus, but I'll pencil that on to the 'wish list'.)
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