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Seagoing Interior Design

Interior layouts that look good in a magazine or at a boat show can be a dismal failure in a seaway.

Fatigue brought on by a lack of sleep and inadequate food preparation is a bigger problem than inadequate construction scantlings during storm conditions offshore. Explaining the complexity and dynamics of offshore interior design and construction is difficult in a short paragraph. It is the sum of one hundred small items that make an interior a success in the ocean as well as at anchor. For instance, a good ergonomically designed settee for sitting does not make a comfortable adult berth. Thus, all the settee berths on Shannons have a slide-out feature to widen the settee for sleeping. In addition, lee cloths to prevent people from falling out of the berth must be factored into the design and construction. Also, the minimum length of berths on Shannons is 6'-7" so people over 6' tall can sleep with a proper pillow. The galley must be laid out so a 5' tall person can reach, brace, and work without undo exertion. The ability to prepare and cook meals in a seaway is critical for long distance sailing. All Shannons have a "U" shaped galley, deep double sinks, 3/4 burner propane stoves with ovens and ice box/refrigeration with side opening doors. The head/toilet room must be designed so people can brace themselves when the boat is heeling. A head design that mimics a condo or a motor home may look nice at the dock, but will be impossible to use when the boat is sailing. Storage space is another important item for passage making. Lockers that have no ventilation are a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Shannons have louvered vents on locker doors, as well as wood ceilings covering hull surfaces set away from the fiberglass to keep lockers and their contents dry. Finally, effective utilization of space based on the priorities of each individual owner has always been a Shannon hallmark.