Re: Birdwatcher Designs
- The pics and story of your Jewelbox Jr. are cool Rick. Even my wife
was impressed! Cruising and camping really looks like fun. And thanks
Tim and Bill. The info looks good.
I live in northern Canada and for much of the season lakes are
deserted and the water is cold so the self-righting features of these
designs is important to me. Add to that the combination of a
relatively small boat with a big roomy cabin... And they look like
they could be comfortable sailing on a cold day.
Thanks again and so long,
- While my PK-20 is not a real "Birdwatcher" type (more an AF4 Type) it
does have the slot top, Birdwatcher type cabin.
I was looking for a comfortable Cruising boat and wanted to have at
least comfortable "Sitting Height" in the cabin.
As a cruiser, I knew I would also need lots of storage.
My PK has a maximum cabin side wall height of about 42" (measured at
the main cabin bulkhead)
42 inches is a Lot of cabin sitting height.
That about the same cabin side height of the new Grande.
I really didn't like the Idea of sleeping and sitting on the bottom
of the boat, so I used some of that 42" for raised, side seats with
room for some Rubbermaid "Tote" storage under the seats.
That has reduced my sitting headroom to about 36" now.
That's marginal for me. I'm about 6' tall and I can sit at the
highest end and just touch my head on the top. A little slouching or
bending and I don't hit my head. It's OK.
A simple bridge board that stores on the bottom between the seats
connects the side seats for a nice double sleeping bag berth that is
up off the bottom of the boat.
If I were to build this cabin again I would use the whole 48" plywood
for the cabin sides and have lots of headroom.
There were various reasons (mostly wrong) why I decided I Had to
waste 6" of plywood and cabin height.
I know I have complained about my PK being blown around at slow
speeds and the higher (higher than an AF4) is probably part of the
problem, but I think the excessive weight in the stern and lack of
much boat in the water at the bow is more the cause.
The boat tends to weathervane around the stern rather than just being
My boat Is a Powerboat, so the higher cabin height is not so much of
concern as it would be with a sailboat, but I thought I might give an
example of how I did my "Birdwatcher type" cabin for comparison.
Photos of the PK and interior can be seen in the Files Section of
The "Interior Showing Storage, Head and Bed Board Down" shows a good
look of the interior as seen through the cabin door.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "kakwariver" <kakwariver@y...> wrote:
> I am real interested in the Scram Pram and IMB but am wondering
> about cabin height since I'm tall. How high are their cabins? Also,
> how well do they sail? How close to the wind will they point? Do
> large cabins catch a lot of wind and hurt performance?