70271RE: [bolger] Decapitating a Micro
- May 12, 2014
I’ve been sitting in my Micro and looking at the plans, thinking about your open Micro idea. My first thought was, why cut down the bulwarks—they’ll make nice back rests. Why not leave the cockpit decks on both sides as part of your bench seats. Maybe leave the bridge deck and lower part of the bulkhead (thinking that that bulkhead is a very important member in the structure). Use the tabernacle design from Micro II and Navigator, if you must (ugly) or make a tabernacle in the original location and open out the bow like Martha Jane for the swing.
Basically, it seems that all you’d need to do to test the idea would be to take off the cabin top and companionway and upper part of the main bulkhead, and put in benches in the former cabin, and a level sole.
Or, do a Micro Navigator without the house and windows.
But heck, we daysail our Micro with pleasure. Not with six, but with 2-3 people usually.
I’ve just done two things to my Micro that I think I’ll like: put level cedar floorboards in the stern well, and split the hatch cover in two, for easier stowage I am going to mount the halves fore and aft on take-apart hinges and provide an overlapping closure that keeps out rain, I hope. I’ll see if the halves can become slanting backrests, leaned against the bulwarks either side, held in place by cleats or more take-apart hinges.
And I am thinking of making some sort of arrangement for a movable galley, that will live under the bridge deck and move aft to the hatch to be lifted up into the cockpit for use, or come forward into the cabin, and maybe go all the way forward in the cabin for use in bad weather---the problem being making meals in the cabin when there are two of you in there, one no longer loose-jointed. Oh, it never ends: I also want to take out the slatted berths, and divvy up the space under them into dry compartments for clothes and stuff. Bookcase on fwd bulkhead. Battery and lighting system. Never ends.
Still, I always come back to the same place: mess with Phil’s designs at your peril. So it’s easy to neglect all these ambitions, and besides the boat is always for sale and might disappear at any time.
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2014 5:23 AM
Subject: RE: [bolger] Decapitating a Micro
Thanks, John. The more I looked at it, the more I think it's not worth it for me to try, although I think it would work quite well. I certainly think it would be a viable option for a builder contemplating a new build of either an Oldshoe or Micro. I was fairly conservative on my weight estimate, because nearly every piece of wood removed in the "surgery" is replaced lower down in the new interior in the form of the watertight compartments and the bench seating. The gain is in the loss of the upper sides and the cabin hatch structure and cargo hatch structure. My idea of the mast being part of the forward transom wouldn't work. I forgot that the placement is a bit further aft, but that's easily taken care of with a transom gate. A tabernacle on any Micro would be a great improvement (I think some have them), as I find that climbing over the cabin top with the mast when the boat is on the trailer is the worst part of rigging and de-rigging.
I'm hoping to get Dreadnought in the water for a sail next week. I really believe the Micro is a brilliant design as a very small cruiser; it's just not the best casual daysailer, especially for more than two people.
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