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Now I lay me down to sleep…

Yes, I know it is Christmas Day, but after several months of nasty weather on my few days off, I had to take advantage of a nice warm day to get some work done.

Alberg designed the Sea Sprite 23 sometime in the late 50s. People tended to be a bit shorter back then. As such, I found that I could not lay in the V berth without either my feet hanging off of the edge (with head a the bow) or curled up at an odd angle. Now nobody has ever accused the venerable V berth as being a comfy place to spend the night, but I would like it to be as pleasant as possible, so this meant enlarging it somehow.

I do not want to make it longer, Flirt is already a bit “short” on cabin space, moving everything 6 inches towards the stern would just make it worse. Instead I chose to raise the B berth up a couple of inches and extend it forwards with the room that gains me. I found it is a two to one tradeoff. For every inch I raise it, I gain two inches in length. As the V berth is Five feet and eight inches long, going up three inches would net me a berth that is six inches longer..just long enough for me to stretch out in.

Also up in the bows of Flirt is the forepeak where all the chain/rope and possibly the anchor and other assorted junk lives. On the sprite, the only separation of the peak from the rest of the cabin is a low piece of plywood with a bit of trim on it. While certainly functional and it was definitely cheap and easy to produce, I was having none of that.

So I spent the afternoon mocking up a true bulkhead to fit into place. This will have a sixteen by sixteen inch door inset into it and be made up of a thin layer of marine ply with cedar over it for both strength and looks. While the trim will be teak, the cedar will get painted a nice gloss white to offer homage to how Herreshoff finished off the interiors of his yachts.

This was how the v-berth and forepeak looked when I brought Flirt home:
Old Vberth
And this is with the mock up. While the original was functional, it was nothing special to look at. I think (hope) the new and improved V-berth and Forepeak will be something very special

forepeak mockup

Thankfully a convention a couple of weeks ago left behind a lot of foamboard. I took it all home and am using it to mock up flirt’s “Furniture” as I go.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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