Sunday, March 27, 2011

Some exterior photos of the new boat

I'm posting some photos of the exterior of Adagio now. 

Starting with the bottom, you can see that this boat has a substantial keel.  The keel extends far below the props and rudder to offer protection during a grounding or hitting a log.  This deep and long keel contributes to the boats ability to track staight and true even in heavy following seas.  A boat without a keel like this is very difficult to steer in certain sea conditions.  The Hatteras is said to "track like it's on rail" in just about any sea condition.

Deep keel that protects the props and rudders.

Also notice how the hull goes from a rounded chine to a squared off chine at the very stern.  The chine is where the hull makes the turn from the side to the bottom.   Some boats have an abrupt edge here, some have a smooth rounded transition (like a sailboat).  This squared off section "stiffens" the hull and reduces side to side rolling.  This is a fairly "soft" boat however, which contributes to seaworthiness because the rolling is less abrupt.  Stiff hulls have a more abrupt or snappy roll, but roll less (in total amount of lean).  This tends to throw people about the interior leading to injuries.  Soft hulls roll further but offer a smoother action.  The boat moves around more but it is generally considered to be more tolerable for people over long distances.

The rounded hull.  Much like a sailboat.
 Next is the swimstep.  This is a traditional teak swimstep.  It looks like a lot of maintenance to me!  I'd rather have an all fiberglass swimstep, but every 48LRC came with one like this.

The teak swimstep.  This will take a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good.
This boat has a full width salon which makes walking around the sides of the boat a little awkward.  While you gain a lot of interior space with this arrangement you give up the security of a true walkway along the side(s) of the boat.  Personally I'd rather have the interior space; you only have to go down the sides occasionally but you are inside the boat all the time.

Here's the side of the pilothouse and the narrow walkaround along the outside of the salon.  This walkaround is almost exactly like on our last boat.  Usable, but only in fair conditions.  Here you can see the side door on the pilothouse and the steps that lead to the boat-deck and the flybridge.

The pilothouse door and steps to the flybridge/boat-deck
Here's a view of the flybridge from the very aft end of the boat-deck.  Just this side of Phil (the broker that sold the boat, he's driving it) is a bench seat that will accommodate 4 or 5 people.  There are also two "captains' chairs just ahead of the bench seat.

The boat deck and flybridge
Here's a view of the boat-deck and part of the bench seat on the flybridge.

The bench seat on the flybridge

The boat deck.  There is a lot of open space up here!
On the bow of the boat, just below the pilothouse windshield is another seating area.  This is a nice adult sized bench seat with a real seat back.  For those of you that remember our Bayliner 45, it too had a seat up here but it was very low and the seat back only came up about 8".  It really wasn't very comfortable, or usable.

The seat on the bow.  There is storage under the seat and behind it.  Nice.

 Finally here is the view of the bow from the edge of the pilothouse.  That raised section is an "escape hatch" for the forward vee-berth should the interior hallway/stairs be unsafe (as in fire).  It's also great for ventilation, or even sitting on.  The bow is nice and large, and with the raised edge it will provide a pretty safe place for our kids to play while at anchor.  Under that canvas is a beautiful teak rail.

The bow.  Huge anchor windlass that could lift a HUGE anchor & lots of chain.
That's about it for the tour of our new boat, "Adagio".  When we get it back up here you are welcome to come take a real tour anytime you want.... !!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

More photos of "Adagio"

I think it's time to post some photos of the interior of the boat, so you can get an idea of the interior layout of the boat.  Starting from the stern of the boat we have the cockpit.  The cockpit is roughly the same size as our Bayliner 45 and is partially covered by the boat deck (just like our Bayliner).

Cockpit of our new boat.
Stepping inside the sliding door you enter the Salon.  The new boat is about 1.5' wider than our old boat so all of the interior spaces are about 10% wider/larger.  The salon has a very similar layout to our old boat with the exception of the lack of a dedicated settee.  This is something that will change in the near future.

The salon
To the left (or port) is a seating area with two chairs and a table.  This is where I would like to build in a settee.

The seating area as it is now

Conceptually, this is what I would like it to become (this is in a Nordhavn 46)
On the other side is a nice large couch that converts into a bed.

the couch on the starboard side.
The galley is well equipped with a convection microwave oven and a true cooktop that is a home model.  It is 220volts so it will work just like we are used to at home.  No more slow cooking on a 110volt "boat cooktop" like on our Bayliner.  I may change this out for a propane home cooktop in the future as that will give us more freedom from needing to run the generator.  With an electric cooktop you have to run the generator to cook, but with propane you do not.  Most long-range cruisers use propane for cooking.  The galley countertop and sink is Corian - nice!  Following the long-range design philosphy, the galley is quite compact so that in a rough seaway you can brace yourself against the edges and still function in the galley without being tossed about. 

The galley with cooktop, convection microwave, and full size refrigerator
At the base of the stairs that lead to the pilothouse is the "entertainment center" with stereo and storage cabinets.  At the top of the stairs to the right are the breaker panels for the 110v and 220v AC power systems.  This boat has two isolation transformers to provide very safe shore power.  It also steps up 110 volts to 220 volts so the 220 volt water heater and cooktop will work.   Also, it allows the boat to be plugged into shore power worldwide.  A lot of other countries do not use the same power we do; this boat can adapt to these various international standards!   The boat has two generators also capable of delivering 220 volts.  This is a very versatile and well equipped vessel.

Behind the door just to the right of the refrigerator is a full size stackable washer dryer like you would find in an apartment.  We can finally do our own laundry no matter where we are!

The stereo and storage, even under the steps.  Nice wood blinds too.

The 220 volt washer dryer just like you would find on land.

The pilothouse is next.  The view from here is fantastic.  The dash is a bit outdated in its design.  I have plans to completely re-work the dash area and turn it into something much more user-friendly and modern.  This might be a good winter project as I think it will take some time to figure out the final design and it will definitely take some time to rebuild it.  Underneath the dash is a huge potential storage area that is currently not very accessible.  I plan to change this and make it usable.

The outdated dash/helm.
Here is what one owner did with his dash about 10 years ago.  Quite an improvement, don't you think?  I've been taking pictures of the current state of the art dashes for the past several years of boat show visits.  I think I can improve on this person's design, but probably not by much.

Lou Scott's redesigned 48LRC dash.  A big improvement.

Above the dash is the location of a lot of electronics.  This is something that will definitely be changed as some of the electronics up here are outdated and will be replaced.

overhead location of electronics.

Behind the helm is a great seating area and also a bed called a "pilot berth".  On long-range boats that are making long passages (say, crossing an ocean) it is common to have a bed in the pilothouse for the captain to sleep in.  This way, whoever is on watch can easily wake the captain should a situation arise that needs the captains attention and decision making authority.

The settee in the pilothouse

The pilot/captain/watch berth above the settee.  The bed is 6.5' long.
The only way to the forward portion of the boat is from the pilothouse down a set of fairly steep curving stairs.  This is a very common design for pilothouse style boats.  It gives a lot more interior space below since you don't have a hallway running down the middle to cut it into smaller sections.  With this design, the master stateroom (located directly under the pilothouse) is the full width of the boat.  This makes for a HUGE room.

The stairs that lead to the bedrooms and bathrooms

single bed on port side of master stateroom

The larger bed on the Starboard side of the master stateroom
I plan on adding a second bed above the single bed in this room to make a bunk bed arrangement.  Our kids have really grown fond of the bunk bed arrangement from our previous boat and it would be relatively easy to create this in the new boat.  Those large portholes on each side of the master stateroom are large enough to be used to escape the boat in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or sinking.  Nice safety feature not found on many boats.

The master stateroom has its own bathroom.  This head features quite a bit of floor space (for a boat) and a nice medicine cabinet.  There is a tub/shower in here as well.

entrance to master head on port side of stateroom

the sink, medicine cabinet, and tub/shower
There are lots of storage cabinets throughout the boat with hanging lockers, drawers, and cubbies everywhere to store all you need to bring on a long trip.  Forward of the master stateroom is another head, and a v-berth.  The head has a stall shower and a medicine cabinet.

The main head.  Love that toilet seat cover!

The stall shower in the main head
Forward of the main head is the vee-berth.  This is probably where our kids will sleep.  I've seen other arrangements in this space that I like better where they beds are arranged in an over/under configuration that provides a little more privacy, but the arrangement on our boat is very common and certainly fine for us.  I think we will change the seafoam green color eventually.

The vee-berth in the bow of the boat.

small bench in vee-berth; great for taking off shoes
That's about it for the interior of the boat, other than the engine room and lazarette.  I'll make another blog entry with some exterior photos and perhaps engine room and mechanical spaces.

I'm heading down in 1 week to spend about a week getting the boat ready for the trip north up the coast.  We will be moving the boat in about 2 weeks from Stockton to Brisbane Marina about 5 miles north of the San Francisco airport.  Here it will be well staged for the the trip up the coast.  When the weather is right my crew and I will fly down to San Francisco and hop in a cab to get onboard and start our 5 day trip up the coast to our home port of La Conner, WA.  We can't wait to get Adagio home!!!