This opens from the front heads. There is a watertight collision bulkhead made from
coated 1” marine ply between the anchor locker and the front heads and there is an
automatic bilge pump at the lowest point.
There is plenty of storage room here for the anchor chain, the drummed warp for the
second anchor plus ropes and other sundries. The holding tank for the front heads
is also located here. (See “Deck, Anchors and Sail Plan” for details of anchors).
The locker has an interior light and is painted in white epoxy (red in the area of
the anchor chain) with many storage hooks just below deck level.
The front heads are spacious, light and well ventilated with deep varnished teak
offsetting the marble walls.
There is a pump action Jabsco toilet which empties to a holding tank in the anchor
locker, or it can be discharged straight to sea via a gravity feed from the holding
A porcelain hand basin is set into the counter top with mixer tap which can be pulled
out as a shower head. A hot water recycling circuit allows cold water to be recycled
back until the water runs hot and so avoids wastage. There are 3 cupboards under
the hand basin and a good sized mirror-door cupboard next to it. Next to the toilet
there is another cupboard and 4 deep drawers – so a lot of storage space in total.
The walls are tiled in waterproofed tumbled marble in a neutral beige/white shade
with a curtained port light on either side. A teak panelled and louvered door leads
into each of the two front cabins and each can be locked from the heads side.
The floor is varnished solid teak with a teak grating over the shower tray. There
is also a hatch in the same finish to allow access to the bilges beneath which are
finished in white epoxy. The bilge is continuous with that under the front cabins
where there is an automatic bilge pump. Waste water from the shower and hand basin
drains back to the grey water tank so, unless there is overspill from the shower,
the bilges here are dry.
The wall against the anchor locker is finished in an off-white marbled effect waterproof
vinyl. There is a large smoked finish Lewmar hatch with quick release security bars
set into the ceiling. The ceiling itself is white gloss tongue and groove with LED
lights. There are chunky brass hooks (originally from the cruise liner Transvaal
There is a 12v deck socket in the bulkhead above the anchor locker (accessed from
the deck via the ceiling hatch) which we use for inflating the dinghy.
There are two identical forward cabins, accessed from the main saloon, which are
a mirror image of each other, each with an upper and a lower bunk (6’3” length minimum)
with good quality high density foam mattresses and all with lee cloths which are
normally folded away below the mattress.
The two cabins share the forward heads, each having its own door into the heads.
Each cabin has a port light at the upper bunk level (which is the larger of the two
bunks) and a Lewmar hatch with quick release security bars. The ceiling and side
walls are white glossed tongue and groove and opposite the bunks is a white gloss
panelled wall with dark wood varnished beams and a large recessed mirror. Under the
mirror is a slimline radiator and antique brass towel rail (sourced from the cruise
liner RMS Sylvania). Along the join between the hull side wall and deck is a solid
wood “pelmet” with LED lighting behind (on separate switch) as well as recessed
LED ball lights in the ceiling. In addition there are individually switched reading
lights on most of the bunks.
There are twin USB charging points for phones/tablets etc by the bunks and a 240V
socket for hair dryers, vacuuming etc
Each cabin has a wardrobe with hanging space and deep shelf space beyond (and an
internal light so you can see what you are doing!) Below this is a smaller cupboard
which will take a small kit bag or shoes etc. Underneath the lower bunk in each cabin
is a large drawer and also a drop down door to access space against the hull (all
insulated). There is also plenty of locker space underneath the lower bunk mattresses.
The space in the bilges (finished in white epoxy and which we use for storage of
paint tins and other maintenance materials as it is dry) can be accessed by way of
a lifting floor panel in each cabin. There is a further hatch which allows access
to the strapped down steel billets which form part of the ballast and there is more
storage space on top of this.
Each cabin has a teak door, part panelled, part louvre which opens from the saloon
area. The bulkhead is sealed below floor level and each of the doors has a panel
which can be pulled tight against the louvres to slow water ingress in case of collision/holing.