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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A tour of Lady Jo by Claire

Hello, come have a look around our 30 foot (9.12 metres) sailing boat, Lady Jo. She’s a Hunter Legend 306 twin keeled, single rudder monohull with a large roached mainsail on a backstayless B&R rig, she is steered by a wheel and has a max speed of around 7 knots (I think we got 7.5 out of her once).

Sailing boat interior

Here’s a few photos of the inside. I’ve spruced her up by adding in a few pictures on the walls, a throw and cushions.

Sailing boat exterior

On the outside my favourite bit is the cockpit with the dolphins seats – the best place to sit when cruising along.

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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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