Category «Design»

Headliner/Hull Liner Material

While we do not particularly care for fabric or vinyl coverings inside the boat, there are a few places where this stuff makes sense. In particular the hull side of the master bunk. Factory Westsails often had teak strips cladding the inside of the hull. While I don’t mind the look, if I am sleeping …

Steering: Design Update

Ok, so the final design wasn’t completely “final”. Since that last post, we have simplified the design by removing one bevel box and adding a U-joint. This more evenly distributes the angles among the joints. It should provide for a smoother steering action. Also, removal of a bevel box and addition of a U-joint should …

Steering: Final Design

It has been a while since the last mention of the boat’s steering system. Final framing under the aft cabin berth has been waiting on the final design/fitting of the below-decks steering mechanics. I have putting this project off as long as I could. We have been comparing designs using a traditional Edson pull-pull cable …

Main Salon Portlights: More Ideas

Here is the latest design on the main salon portlights. This version maximizes lighting by maximizing area. It has the traditional W42 dead light style with a twist: aft light is a mirror of the forward light with the sloping edge. The lights can be slide opening to provide ventilation. Construction Thoughts include having custom …

Main Salon Portlight Ideas

Time is approaching to start cutting holes in the deck for portlights (while the weather is dry). I have been undecided on what to do with the main salon windows. We want something that provides much light. It does not have to be opening. The raised cabin trunk of the main salon provides a large area …

12VDC Distribution Panel

Using the same tool used to the design the AC Panel (previous post), here is the 12VDC distribution panel. In summary, this panel, located in the engine room, will control the 12VDC system for the propulsion engine, starting battery, communications battery and a few 12V circuits NOT controlled by the Mastervolt distributed power system. 12VDC …

120VAC Distribution Panel

Blue Sea systems has a nifty little web tool that helps you custom design electrical panels based on their Panel 360 system. The tool can give you a “preview” of what the panels will look like (not exactly but close, it does not show breaker amp rating and labels). Here are some ideas based on the latest …