Over the years we’ve had a number of clients who wanted a circular saloon seating area, with “chairs” opposite.
This looks really cool. However, there’s a trade-off. Compared to a saloon with straight (or gently curved) settees on both sides, this approach leaves nowhere for someone to stretch out in the saloon. But it does have a nice feel.
This is a sistership, identical in layout in the saloon galley area. The difference comes in the fabrics chosen.
The saloon table features a series of inlays.
The galley is down the port side.
This was a holiday meal, in preparation in the Virgin Islands when we took these photos.
Couple of interesting details here. First is the inlay of two different colors of wood into the teak fiddles. You have to be careful with this design not to overdo things. Just a touch can look very cool. Too much looks very busy. Note the saloon light controls on the small shelf behind the cushions.
We work hard to make the sleeping cabin spaces integrate with the rest of the boat. This way, when their doors are open, they add a feeling of spaciousness. Having the doors as large as possible is a part of this design equation. This is looking forward into the Owners’ cabin.
We’ve often been called upon to execute special bunk covers. A small investment in a custom fabric design can yield a big payoff in appearance. This is the Owner’s suite forward. The head is through the closed door. This bunk has space to walk around it on the outboard side.
Sistership with a different look to the bunk cover.
A small make-up locker with mirror and light to reflect back on your face. The idea behind this was to have an alternate location on which to work if the head vanity was in use.
You will find on almost all of our larger designs a seat opposite the bunk. In theory these seats are used for reading, and sitting on when putting on one’s shoes. The reality is they look good, open the space visually, and provide a convenient location for the bed cover.
Heads are almost impossible to photograph because of the tight space. However, we thought we’d throw this shot in to try and give you a sense of how these feel. This is looking from the shower/toilet compartment across the boat to starboard.
There were two of these boats built. The interiors were identical except for the aft staterooms. This boat has a large guest cabin, and a smaller crew/grandkids’ cabin with two bunks opposite. The sistership has two equal cabins.
This pilot house has built-in electronics.
This looks cool. But then you are locked in to using a carpenter whenever you want to change something.
If you look carefully you will see a slot cut into the starboard side of the desk. That’s for a tambour-style sliding door, to seal off the pilot house from light emanating from the saloon.
Com gear is overhead.
Back to galley details. We’ve done a lot of these flush-faced drawer and door systems. The finish is high pressure melamine. It stands up very well, but is somewhat heavier (even though this is all cored) than timber-faced furniture.
Galley storage always tops the list of where we spend a lot of design time. These boats had a double-decker arrangement, with dishes, cups, etc. down low, and bulk storage canisters above.
A last interesting detail. With a long bridge deck between the aft end of the house and the cockpit, some form of a brace is required. This cockpit table has been integrated with the brace. That way we achieve two objectives at once.