QWe were talking about Iapetus at brekfast this AM and our biggest draw to this boat was its "warm cabin". Ive been in boats with some openness in the above cabin or pilothouse and its always cold at sea. Ours had a small gas stove and a small galley topside. This was a covered cabinet with a small fridge, a sink and a stove. It took up very little room and was between a booth and a futon like lounge all aft of the pilot seats in the cockpit. In that respect we had it outfitted like the Alaskan "King fisher " boats, which are incredibly seaworthy "bar boats" that most fishermen use in Homer Alaska to carry dudes from the estuaries out to sea for salmon or halibut. While we had a living area below deck with a forward and rear cabin and a galley, head with shower and a small state room area with a table and chairs, we lived mostly topside and did most of our eating and other stuff with the pilot house either fully or partly sealed. This made a fan necessary when it was cold outside. Or else the glass would fog up due to the internal heat. Wed had those chevron blinds put in to keep privacy whenever we docked but if the day was cool , wed leave all light in and even leave the "blow hole door" open so we could climb out onto the fly bridge (not really a fly bridge, more like a fenced in yard up with the radar and instrument sonds).
Yep, it was nice and warm and , if anyone has sailed in Northern Waters, you know what I mean.
The guy who bought the boat is planning to go south with it. I guess he will do his own mods by removing much of the enclosings in the pilothouse.
I think I may look at Kingfishers as my next boat. They make a 34 footer that, while not a blue water capable, is still a sturdy design with ample room to live aboard.
And, no matter what the British gasbag says, Ill never be without thrusters on a boat, they make quick decision steering possible, and Ive averted many a senseless grounding because I haddem.
These are the terminal thoughts of the crew of the lobsterboat Iapetus, Its fifteen year mnission to get up and running, to boldly sail into the Gulf of Maine, Nova SCotia waters and The Bay of Fundy. I miss her already.