Starboard (Owner’s) Hull
The starboard hull was selected as the owner’s side for reasons stated above. The owner’s stateroom is located aft of the hull access companionway. A hanging locker is located between the companionway and the berth. The berth structure accommodates a queen size air mattress. For comfort and reliability use of an Aerobed Queen with a memory foam mattress pad is recommended. You will never get a better night’s sleep. A short spacer/stowage bin runs between the aft (head) end of the bunk and the aft crossbeam bulkhead. This is a good place to store books, reading lamps, and other personal items. The main reason for this spacer was to move the footprint of the bunk forward 6”. This allowed the forward bulkhead support for the bunk to be 6” further forward. This, in turn allowed the Volvo Penta 59 HP MD 22 diesel motors with 120S Saildrives to be mounted 6 inches further forward. There is a small step between the bunk bulkhead and the hanging locker aft bulkhead to assist in climbing in and out of the berth. Reading lamps and a fan are mounted in the space. A wall mounted 120 Volt AC electric heater is located at the base of the starboard Owner’s stateroom hanging locker. This unit is powered by shore power, not the Prosine 3.0 Inverter.
The navigation station is located forward of the starboard hull companionway just below and outboard from the settee bench. The navigation station has an open cabinet above and an electric/instrument panel toward the center of the vessel. This panel houses an electric outlet and switch for overhead lighting, repeater depth/speed gauges, an AC vent, a VHF radio, a Single Side Band radio, and a 12 volt system panel controlling DC electrics in the hulls. The antenna tuner for the SSB is located on the forward surface of the starboard aft crossbeam bulkhead under the Owner’s berth aft bunk board. The chart table working surface lifts to reveal a chart stowage compartment. Below chart stowage are two drawers with cabinet doors and spaces below. The aft cabinet space houses the starboard keel water tank pump, filters and expansion tank. The backfill control valve for use with the water maker are also located here. There are several open shelves in a cabinet next to the navigation table at the forward end of this compartment. The bottom open space houses the starboard air conditioning unit cooling water pump and filter.
The head is in the next compartment forward, through the main beam structural bulkhead opening. A door is fastened to this bulkhead. A Raritan PHII mechanical head is used. A cabinet forward of the head houses the sink. This sink is a standard plastic bar sink with standard household faucets. Inexpensive repair and/or replacement parts for these items are available at any hardware store, Lowes, or Home Depot. A large PVC ball valve is located in the bottom of this cabinet for drainage of the holding tank when the vessel is beyond the legal coastal limit for dumping the holding tank. Pump out stations, usually operated free, are recommended for use anytime the vessel is within coastal waters. A small opening port is located above the sink. This allows a surprising amount of ventilation and circulation of air when at anchor. The port is protected by the bridge deck above so that it may remain open in any downpour. Above the sink and port light is the overhead “medicine” cabinet. This houses toiletries, electrical and plumbing controls.
The main, three position 12 volt battery switch for house bank #1 & #2 is located here. House battery banks #1 & #2 are located just on the other side of the back wall of the medicine cabinet in the forward, self draining deck locker ahead of the main cross beam compartments.
There is a small standard plastic 120 volt AC circuit breaker box located on the aft wall inside the starboard medicine cabinet. An access panel with a ventilation grill is located aft of the medicine cabinet. Removal of this panel reveals the starboard Mermaid 16.5K BTU AC unit. The Raritan Hot Water Heater is behind (medial to) this AC unit.
There is a small (1/2”) PVC valve in line with plastic tubing. This control valve allows water from the starboard keel water tank to be pumped to the polyethylene potable water tank located in the main crossbeam compartment on the port side of the central chain locker. When the valve is closed, the water line stays pressurized and the keel pump is shut off. The automatic pump, filters and expansion tank for the starboard keel water tank is located below the chart table in the aft lower cabinet space next to the starboard companionway bulkhead. When the valve is opened, pressurized water flows from the keel reservoir into the Spectra Water Maker system, fresh water side. The Spectra Water maker is permanently connected to the main cross beam polyethylene water tank. The main crossbeam polyethylene potable water tank return line (vent) is directed to one or the other keel water tanks using the red handled control valve above the keel water pump in this navigation station cabinet. When the crossbeam tank is full, it overflows back down into one or the other keel water tanks. Each keel water tank has an overflow tube that dumps excess water overboard (at the stern).
The Laundry Cabin, located just forward of the head/shower compartment contains several open shelves medially and the Washer/Dryer in a central compartment forward. The Spectra Water Maker is located in the shelves to the left as you look forward. The compartment under the Bendix Washer/Dryer houses the water intake, filters and water pump for the Spectra Water Maker. The shelves are used for water maker and laundry supplies.