Re: Modernizing Naiad
Well, you asked! <grin> I seem to prefer a port side helm. Maybe it's
because I'm right handed and it's easier to reach and grab things (a
hot sandwich passed from the galley) with my right hand. Assuming a
three or four cyl diesel instead of the flathead six, the cabin/PH
bulkhead might be moved back 12-14 inches and still have access room
at the front. Also, these modern diesels are much taller than the
specified six so I would leave room for a step in front of the engine
box. I think you will be surprised at the height required above the PH
sole to the top of the engine cover.
Regarding berths, the text does say 5'4", but I think he is referring
to the lockers under the berths. I scaled the berths at 6'4" (metric
scale on my curved monitor face, not the best accuracy). Since I feel
Naiad is rather thin just above the waterline, I would leave the foot
position of the port side berth as shown and lengthen the head
position to get the length you need. This should still allow you to
lengthen the galley slightly. For the starboard side berth, I would
move the whole berth forward maybe 12" and lengthen/widen the foot
area into the space vacated by moving the head aft. I would place the
head starboard side forward of the bulkhead with a door opening into
the middle (walking area) of the cabin. You might be able to design an
access door to pass wet oilskins into a "wet locker" in the head area
from the PH.
As far as arranging the enclosed pilothouse, I will leave that up to
you. I live in a tropical climate and would want it wide open with
zippered side and aft covers. You have different requirements in your
climate and you know best what you need.
It's funny; I have grown to like this Naiad design. The only negative
is the 2,000 pound ballast mentioned. Weight equals HP and fuel costs.
I look forward to your posting construction photos soon.
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Leo" <leochill@...> wrote:
> Excellent point and my guess is probably not. But the point of the
> drawing was to show that it >>might<< be possible, not that it will.
> One point on the head being aft... Rainy day and ya come in out of
> the wet, shake off the worst under the PH overhand, take off the
> foulies and hang them to drip dry in the head. No tracking wet boots
> and clothes forward into the dryer areas of the boat.
> And I'm open to suggestions - what would have been your preference for