Enclosed head & sail locker
When the boat came to me early on, I found out that the interior
was completely rotted out. When the interior was reinstalled,
the front berth was extended to allow for more sleeping room.
At the time of reconstruction, the original water tank was
left in place (but was cut out later to make room for batteries
up in the nose of the bow (under the berth)). When the new woodwork
was installed, it was set up so that to the rear of the water
tank, two storage lockers were installed under the level of the
berth. On the port side we now have a large sail locker. This
is deep enough to hold all auxiliary sails with the locker lid
shut. This keeps the sails dry and limits the amount of moisture
that can get to the sails. The main sail and jib are normally
stored in sail bags that are just tossed up into the front berth.
In the starboard side locker we have installed a porta-potty
style head. This works very well considering the confined space
that we have to work with. To use the head, simply remove any
objects covering the lid (there is always something covering the
lid, it's a sailboat), remove the lid, and then open up the porta-potty.
To give you an idea of positioning of the porta-potty, it is not
uncommon for the person using the head to open the front hatch
for more headroom. The curtains amid ship work very well. This
gives someone a little privacy when using the head (you gotta
think about the women aboard in order to keep the crew happy).