The 2 salon tables unfold and come together, providing ample dining area for 8 to 10 people. We like the rectangular shape of the settee, which gives us some nice lounging areas. Lots of modern French boats have really rounded settees – tough on the spine when you try to put your feet up! Visibility outside is superb with the big main window forward (the long window in the picture) and big, louvered windows on each side (not shown in this photo, but visible in several other photos on this page). There are 3 overhead opening hatches for ample ventilation (important in the tropics) as well as the two smaller hatches on either side forward (one shown open in the upper left). All lighting is by very efficient 12v halogen lights, recessed into the headliner. We replaced the original blue cushions in Venezuela with a firmer foam and textured blue-green Sunbrella fabric shown to the right. The head-liner is an easy-to-clean padded vinyl, with teak-strip accents. There's lots of storage space under and behind the settee.
|The Navigation Desk
The Nav table set-up with radar, instruments, AC/DC circuit panel, radios, satellite phone, etc., and, of course, chart storage.
The tabletop lifts up to store the working charts and other navigational books and small tools. There is additional storage under the nav-desk
On the bulkhead to the right of the fire extinguisher is our backup VHF radio, but we usually use our newer Standard Horizon (mounted closer to the helm to the right of the picture). The black rectangle on the wall is our Heart Interface, where we turn on the big inverter, and the white one near the head-liner is the solar panel charge controller and battery voltage display. Our Iridium phone with its strange antenna nestles neatly against the bulkhead ready to receive messages. The long arm to the left of the phone is the night-light.
Jon on the radio, en route to Tonga, May 2004
In the Galapagos (of all places) we had the Single Side Band / Ham radio gear built into the side of the electrical panel. For you radio geeks, our radio is an Icom 706 Mark II/g, an extremely compact and capable transceiver. In ideal conditions it can reach around the world and it can transmit and receive on just about any frequency from 0.5 to 500 MHz. This is coupled to a 300 watt MFJ-969 antenna tuner, which comes with a nice roller inductor and cross needle meter to measure both forward and reflected power. The antenna itself is just a long wire that extends from the side of the boat up to our uppermost spreader. Also now hidden behind the electrical panel is our SCS-PTC/2e modem that connects the radio to the computers. With it we can send and receive e-mail as well as weather-fax images (and a whole lot more we haven't tried yet). The electrical circuit-breaker panel hinges forward for easy access to the wires behind, and the vinyl headliner comes off very easily for re-wiring activities.
like the size and the window aft to the cockpit. This makes a great
pass-through when the party's in the cockpit. It may look small, but
it has more space, features, and storage than our galley did on
We called that home for 7 years and regularly prepared meals for 4 to
8 people. On Ocelot we often prepare and serve meals for 10-12
people (I think our maximum so far is 20)!
In Venezuela we added the shelves behind the stove-top. The galley comes with a fresh-water foot-pump in addition to the hot and cold pressure water system.
|Two (old) views of the galley, navigation station and the sliding door to the cockpit. The older one, on the left, shows the corner of the original front-opening fridge (black outline). This has now been replaced with a top-opening electric fridge/freezer with 4-6 inches (10-15cm) of insulation (far right). OK, you can't see much except that the old fridge is gone and vegetables are now hanging in their small hammocks from the top shelf. The old fridge door got replaced with varnished teak to match the rest of the wood, and the new fridge door uses recessed handles and is cut out of the old countertop so it blends in nicely.|
In the Cabins:
All 4 cabins now have at least 2 varnished teak
bookshelves. Here's the starboard forward cabin
with its fan, hatch, and bookshelves.
Pre-bookshelf photo of Arthur (the cat), friend Daryl,
and Amanda on her athwart-ship aft cabin bunk.
Each cabin has reading spotlights as well as area lights.
Down in the hulls are 4 staterooms, 1 in each corner of Ocelot, each with its own head, dressing space, and storage lockers. The heads each have a sink, shower, toilet, and a cabinet behind a mirror, as well as a hatch and a porthole. Each stateroom has a hatch over the bunk and another over the dressing area, plus a side porthole, so the ventilation is good in anything but a rain squall. The forward cabins have double beds in the hulls (fore/aft) while the aft cabins have athwart-ship double beds. Amanda's aft cabin always has space for friends to sleep over! Each cabin now also has at least 2 varnished teak book-shelves, built and finished (very nicely) by the kids as a school wood-shop project. The fan in each cabin provides ample ventilation on those Fijian summer nights when there is no breeze.
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