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Friday, April 20, 2007

Ideas from Strictly Sail Pacific

Ideas from Strictly Sail Pacific Originally uploaded by blobbus.
Just a report from strictly sail pacific in Oakland. I am sending this entry via my cell phone with multiple pictures attached. So I am not sure if this willl make it. First off let me say that the show is not as big as I had hoped. We saw most of the vendors and a few boats the first day. We are going back today to look at more boats. But here are some nifty things we saw that may affect how we do things with the westsail. First picture. That is a mob ladder on a Valiant 42. It is built in to the stern pulpit attached at a single swivel hinge point. The ladders is held stowed by a snap shackle (not shown). If one were in the water trying to get on board, one would pull a long lanyard attached to the pin of the snap shackle to release the ladder. Simple and easy. Second picture. This a shot of the companionway steps on a Tayana. Note how it is split with the upper half supported on the galley counter which extends aft under the (very) raised center cockpit. This gave an idea with thw Westsail to turn the center sink console into an 'L' shape extending under the companionway steps in a similar fashion. I had been wondering what I could do with the space behind the stairs. This might allow enclosed space for something like a small water heater. Third picture. This is shot of the galley stove on a German Frers Hylas 54. I like the removable matching counterpiece and stanless grabrail. I think we will do similar on the Westsail. That's all for now. Maybe more later.

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