Raised cabin vs flush deck

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by gmat, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. michael pierzga
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    Books imply money.

    Everything I know , someone else taught me for free.

    This means that i would be selling something that doesn't belong to me and that everything in life is for sale. A very modern concept.

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  2. michael pierzga
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    michael pierzga Senior Member

    As you approach the ball it disappears from view. When you stop your boat the wind blows you away. Now your yelling at your foredeck crew and they are yelling at you....

    In reverse you always see the ball...boats weathervane when stern into the wind and you can easily stay one foot away from the ball for as long as you want by clicking into reverse. Tie on...bring line to bow and you drift into position.

    Then drink beer
  3. Eric Sponberg
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    Hi Gmat,
    I am quite happy that my Globetrotter 45 has given you inspiration. Glad I was able to help. I think you probably answered your own question in your original post. It IS a matter of aesthetics. In order to have a flush deck AND full standing headroom, you have to have enough freeboard in the hull. Below about 45', this gets increasingly difficult to do and still have a boat that looks good. Of course, looking good is in the eye of the beholder, and many designers in the last hundred years or so have tried many different ways of doing that. Usually, you end up with the broken sheer designs of the Stonehorse type. That's all OK, but if you want an unbroken sheer AND full standing headroom, then you need to have the hull length commensurate with a high freeboard, and so the design gets longer. Generally, better looking hulls are longer for their height.

    Interestingly, I have been toying with an idea for a design for a sailboat for myself, just 40' long, in which the main cabin is raised and is full width to the sheer. There are side decks only from amidships forward. The drawback of such an arrangement is that there is not a clear outside pathway from stern to bow--you either have to go over the top of the mid-body coachroof, or go through it from the inside. Those are compromises, but the point is exactly as you desire--more useable space in the middle of the boat. But it also has to look good, and therein lies the trick of yacht design--form and function, how do you play those against each other to accomplish a useable and attractive design?

  4. gmat
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    gmat graham

    Yes your GlobeTrotter designs did give me inspiration, especially the discussion of the free standing rig -- got me questioning all sorts of assumptions about how sail boats "should be". And again yes this form vs function tradeoff is quite difficult -- rather annoying that I can't afford a 500 foot boat and ignore this issue :)
  5. pdwiley
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    Take a look at Jay Benford's 'BADGER' and 'DONNA' designs. They look good and work well. I've just been sailing on a BADGER design built by a friend of mine and the impression of internal space is quite impressive.

  6. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    If looking at Jay Benford's work, in this regard, Argonauta (below) would be the more interesting.

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    Yes, but PAR is that deck raised, or just flush??? Inquiring minds and all that......:D
  8. DCockey
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    Does "a raised deck" imply a discontinuity in the sheer line vs a flush deck which has a continuous sheer line? A flush deck could have a cockpit recessed into the deck, and the cockpit could extend to the sheer.

    (Added) The question then arises as to what is meant by "sheer line"? A proposal for the purposes of this discussion is the sheer line is a line along the highest points on the side of the boat.
  9. PAR
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    Good question and I don't think there's a reasonable answer. Is the deck raised if there's no reference to a lower sheer? If this is the case, most modern designs would be raised deck, compared to the CCA's (for examble). I think a raised deck can be flush, but also could have a deckhouse or trunk cabin in it. In my eyes, Argonauta is a raised deck design, with a pilothouse. If the sheer was broken and lowered to a more traditional height aft, you'd lose the aft cabin's headroom (which is fairly short anyway). I've just always liked this design (Argonauta).
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    flush deck

    Gusto 44 by Ed Joy, a boat with a flush deck, is a beautiful and very functional boat.
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