Basics of interior design of offshore sailboat

This week Janne and I have been working with the interior design based my initial sketches. The idea behind requirements for the interior was simple – define the basic needs and forget anything else. Even though that’s a final level of tetris to get all fitted into a 40 ft hull.

In the picture below there is the initial interior sketch, which I had drawn before. The main thought was to centralize all the functions which are needed in offshore to as close to pivoting point of the hull as possible. In offshore a pilothouse is the heart of the boat. That also means that galley, navigation station, heads and sea bunk are easily accessible in close range of the companionway. The extended pilothouse should give almost all around visibility to retain touch to the surroundings, also up to the rig.

In the top of the basic needs list was the area which is fully sanctified to technical stuff – spare parts, tools and small workbench to use them. The compartment is also a storage room where you can walk in.

The space forward to midships contains areas where to relax and rest at anchor – saloon and owners cabin.

Both ends of the boat are storage lockers which are isolated with watertight bulkheads. Large volume of storage space is needed to keep deck clean of stowed items.

interior sketch of the sailboat

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