Discussion in 'Yacht Designers Discussion' started by Pascal, Oct 10, 2012.
To answer the question (and not the best of questions... can I have a poke at your job) - yes, I have been on a boat... I was doing ocean racing at the age of 14 and recently skippered the biggest boat to date - a 100' M/Y, at the age of 28 (pic below).
As for the door on the sides I'm pretty sure it is an option for the boats around the 100' range, as I have found on a few Azuimut (for example). But couldn't find any on the smaller boats, and have a feeling this is due to structural reasons (shouldn't poke if you don't know) - as a builders, nav archs, yacht designers, engineers etc would of picked up on this. Also, a lot of these boats would of been designed from auto/industrial designers.
I did pick up on this ladder though with the PB about 6 months ago (pic of the PB is on Pitt Water, north of Sydney), and thought it wasn't the bests of ideas, plus the seat right behind the anchor winch and also been used while underway. I'd put money down that that was the investors idea . Cheers
Or how about another brilliant one. On the 62' Sunseeker Predator or Manhatten, you need a 6 step ladder to clean the inside of the port side foward windshield and part of the center windshield. There is no other way to get to it.
My three years at Viking South as a mechanic I was always in demand because of the same reason. Tall, thin and flexible found me in some strange places doing work...
The boat is called what? "One Drop"? if so thay would be ironic with it in the lifting slings.
I've run several smaller Azimuts that had doors. A 1998 70' Seajet, and 2 different 2001 68' Plus', they all had doors on both sides of the aft deck, they opened and latched outward and were prone to getting knocked off if you weren't paying attention. I ran an
05 50' that didn't have them and currently a 1998 58' Seajet that doesn't have them.
Boarding doors that open outward are unpractical... Often they can get caught on the dock depending on the tide and wakes. One of the worst I ve seen is on marquis where the door is only supported by light hinges and a pin latch. When backing into a slip you uave to remember where they are as if you touch a piling the hinges will get bent.
The older 70' seajet is another example... The swim platform is virtually non existent. A couple of years ago one was anchored close to us and watching the guests getting in and out of the water was like watching musical chairs! They had to take turns on the platform and steps.
Yes, but on smaller yachts the side decks are not wide enough to open them inwards..?
True but there are ways do deal with this including a pantograph system as is often use in pilot house doors and transom ER doors.
OK, have you ever seen it done?
No but it can be done
Just like marquis could have put stops so that the pressure is not supported by cabinet hinges
Yes of course, some made it to the moon. But you can not do it as you do with pilot house doors, as they go out, not in...
Doesn't matter if they go in or out, what matters is that it will clear the house side and it will
Seriously, I need two of these right now!