The aft part of the F39 must be kept as light as possible. However, when running downwind in big seas and strong winds some more weight in the stern is desirable. Actually I don’t know if I need extra ballast in the stern but in this stage of the build and with just a little extra effort I have the opportunity to make a sea water ballast tank in a further not usable part right in front of the transom. I guess that the maximum content of the tank will be about 500 liter. Click in the above image to see the photo gallery.
This galley top thing turned out to be an annoying piece of work. The mold didn’t survive and the result is still moderate but finally it has been placed into the hull, still needing the finishing touch.
Photos of making these starboard interior parts including the dieseltank below the settee are here or click the photo below.
I finally decided about the layout of the interior. The biggest change compared to the standard aft cabin layout is the galley on starboard instead of port. Main reason for this is that I still like “the office” on board, which lead to a rather conventional layout, in particular in combination with a quarter berth. Because of the galley on starboard the settee in front of this is now shorter, but still useable as a (sea) bunk with the feet through an opening in the cabin bulkhead. Above that the diesel oven is situated. Galley top can be extended by folding down the backside of the settee back. The dinette is now two meters wide and can be converted into a large spare double bunk. Also the shower is a little wider. Without rebuilding the interior this can accommodate six (with table down eight and with spare bunks in the floats even ten) Cooking is on a ceramic diesel stove and in addition to this a fully gimbaled single cylinder burner, positioned in a dedicated housing and well ventilated outside. Photos of making starboard interior parts including the dieseltank below the settee are here.