inside the inside

We love these series of design/build/engineering articles from our friends at StephensWaring….
insideWhat is it with interiors? Those inner, untalked-about bits of boats that never seem to see the light of nautical-chat day. Does anybody, anywhere brag about the size of their cabin sole? Or compare the space-age materials in their staterooms or galleys? Has anybody ever said “High-performance head” on any boat in any century, ever? We doubt it.
“Interior denial” is a sort of sad fact of boat-design life. That’s too bad because what’s going on inside your boat is a driving factor for what’s going on outside your boat: How long she is; how beamy; how big the sails and engine, all are subject to the volume and demands of a floating vessel’s interior. And when it comes time to build that boat, watch out! Interior construction is probably the major factor in how a boat gets made. What interior parts are built into the hull? What parts are prefab-ed and dropped in later? A big part of the yard’s job is to machine, massage and mechanize the construction of interior detail and features. Yet, so little is known as to why an interior is built the way it is.
What fortune then, that we are in the final interior-details push done on our latest: the 66-foot Anna. She’s just coming together nicely over at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, in Thomaston, ME. And as we’re cranking the interior drawings out, the production design staff at LM are turning our interior into reality. This is quite a process worth going into further, later, yet we’re realizing now it’s a great — and rare — opportunity to open up the inner details of interior construction to the outer boat world.
If you’ve ever wanted to take a fantastic voyage down through what keeps what’s inside your boat, inside your boat, buckle on up:
Here’s why what’s below is what it is.