Another project here is that of improving the boat ergonomics, the cockpit for example where i will be spending a lot of time. I would like to add a sprayhood but thats a lot of money that i don’t have : it being at least £600 + VAT just to make the frame and then about the same for the canvas. However small things like getting the sheet-falls in the right place, ditto the reefing pennants will all help to make the boat easier to sail.
All of the sail controls are under improvement right now , for the first time the boat has a mizzen vang : i have mounted that so that the boom connection can slide out of the way up to the gooseneck when not in use but i may use the block currently mounted there but moved aft with a bungee lashing to hold the vang out of the way.
One thing that i really want to do is to tidy up the cabin bulkhead so that i can rest my back against it while sitting with my legs up on the cockpit seat…nice way to relax with a book and a brew at anchor. The current set-up of course has the compass and instruments exactly where my back wants to go (shades of the FFS 23 here) so that is out and is going into a demountable half-board to sit in the companionway. I will also mount a bowl compass where i can actually see it currently where the halyard bag is, thinking about some cockpit bags to tidy things up a bit and even maybe a longer tiller to allow me to sit forward of where i have to at the moment….in which position i have to sit uncomfortably with my back against the pushpit post ! (FFS).
Anchoring should soon all be done from aft : the jobs here include making an anchor and chain stowage grating for the back of the cockpit and ideally some form of de-mountable roller arrangement to hang over the cockpit coaming for when deploying and hauling in the chain : right now i am just thinking of having a padded cordura mat to hang over there to protect the GRP. The anchoring retrieval btw looks as though it just needs a sliding ring : essentially a long ‘lizard’ over the anchor warp that will allow me to pull the rode aft to retrieve the chain directly into the pit.
Down below we now have a companionway step as part of the galley shelf and the old VHF is no longer exactly where my feet need to go when i am in my bunk…it would be nice to do something about the un-necasarily large heads compartment but without David T. for advice i don’t know what i can remove and what is essential structure.