Casioqvcasioqv wrote:Great design Ferd, I would like to modify my M15 in this way also- so I can eat or read upright inside the cabin during bad weather. I'll wait to see what happens on the final S15, because I suspect an identical copy of the S15 system wouldn't harm the resale value.
The only downside I see is that if you have two people in the cabin, the one sitting can't face the one laying down to talk. It would be nice if the seated position faced towards the centerline instead of towards the stern, but there might not be room for that.
That is true. But I guess I should clarify (which my sketches did not, unfortunately) that I would envision there to be an aft-facing seat molded in on each side of the keel trunk; both sides would also be convertible to bunks. So you could sit up side-by side with a friend, and either hold hands or not, depending. In the case of some of the people I sail with (not my wife, of course) the fact that we were gazing out of the companionway, rather than staring at each other, would be considered a great advantage! I am 73, and have been "shot at and hit", as it were. Having two seats meets the design criterion of being able to sleep AND sit two adults comfortably below. Actually, the different design of the M15, with a centerboard trunk aft rather than the sloped keel trunk forward, might allow enough footroom to sit comfortably facing athwartships. But I would still worry that the sidedecks might force the lower seats pretty close together in that configuration. But all of this is just idle speculation, as I no longer have my M15, and only Jerry really knows what the dimensional constraints inside the new boat will turn out to be.