Virtual Tour: on deck
A tough aluminum sailboat to explore high latitudes
We've laid out the cockpit and deck so that the helmsman can easily make minor adjustments while helming - the mainsheet, preventer, and headsail sheets and furling line run aft to the cockpit. We've kept reefing lines out of the cockpit so it doesn't become a "snakes' honeymoon." The helmsman stands on a wooden plinth - the only bit of wood on deck (it's much warmer and more comfortable to stand on wood than metal)
"What are those red things?" is the favorite question of passersby - they are spools of floating polypropelene line for securing Seal in small coves - 600 feet per spool.
The "scoop" at the back makes getting on and off the dingy relatively easy, even in rough weather. The dive ladder (shown here in the up position) drops down for easy access, whether from the dingy or in the water with fins on. It folds up to complete the stern pulpit when we're underway.
A cuddy behind the raised saloon makes a weather shelter and a place to sit while on standby. (The black material is mosquito netting to cover the entire aft end of the saloon - we used it constantly in Belize, on a few days in Greenland, and won't need it all once we reach Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, and South Georgia.)
Secured for the coming gale - the main is reduced to the fourth reef