Boat Design Wish List 1. Forepeak Locker

Once you own a boat, you start to make a mental list of the features and the cleaver bits of design that would make life aboard better – sometimes just a little better and sometimes a lot. I thought I’d turn my own personal list into a series of posts here. This is part one of that list.

1. Forepeak Locker

My first wish for any cruising boat is illustrated in the picture below and it’s one that makes life a lot better –

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The right size boat?

When choosing Lady Jo as mine and Claire’s first boat last summer, we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted,  but one particular thing we were unsure of was size – how big did we need her to be so that she  could work well for us and what were the compromises that came along with going for a boat of a certain size?

We knew there were couple of things that we didn’t need her to be which helped  –

  1. We had no desire to race our boat, so absolute performance, a size, layout and/or features suited to this didn’t come into our decision.
  2. We weren’t going to cross oceans in this, our first boat together – this boat was going to help us learn about sailing and explore the South Devon coast, maybe a little beyond, but no Atlantic crossings for us (just yet).

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