Overview
Severn Swan

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.

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The Anchor Locker

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 tank.

 

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 Castle).

 

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.

 

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The  Forward Heads

The Forward Cabins

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.