The Cabin

This is a shot of the "V" berth. As you can see I have added "monkey" hammocks on each side for storage, a reading light, an oscillating fan and a cabin light at the bottom of the picture. My electrical switches are mounted beneath the cushion surrounding the mast post. As you can see, I have stored most of my docking lines on hooks using my "Line Ties". Here is how I made my "Line Ties".

There are two berths that go beneath the cockpit, one on the right and one on the left. There is not much leg clearance so it is easy to bump your knees at night.

In this picture you can see the forward hatch, that I installed, from the inside of the cabin.


This is a picture in the cabin looking towards the stern of the boat. You can see that I store my porti-potti and cockpit table under the main hatch of the cabin. There is enough room so that it is not in the way when you enter the cabin.

The cockpit table folds up so that it takes up less room.

You can also see the starboard berth underneath the cockpit. Not much leg room, but tolerable.




When it is time for diner and the weather outside is not good, I set up my home built cockpit table inside. You can see the single burner stove in the upper center which is mounted to the bottom of the storage locker board. When not in use, I just flip the locker board over and replace the cushion. The cockpit table folds up and fits under the hatch to the cockpit.

On the lower left side of the picture, I made a frame which fits the opening of the storage locker under the left berth. I can then fit a Rubbermaid container into the frame and have a place to wash my dishes. When not in use, it fits neatly in the storage locker.


Electrical Installation

Most people install the battery below the cabin entrance, but as you have seen, I already have various things stored there. I also wanted to store the battery close to the center of the boat. This picture shows how the normal cabin looks. You can see the Battery Indicator display that I installed so that I can see how much charge I have left.


After removing the cushion, you can see that I installed my switches below the brace for the center cushion. You can see how I wired each switch. I wired both the bow lights and the stern light to one switch. These lights would be used together when underway at night.

I have a combination anchor light and foredeck light mounted on the mast. I have one switch for the anchor light and another for the foredeck light. The interior lights are on another circuit which includes both the cabin lights and the small fan that I have mounted on the compression post.

The Battery Status switch is to check the battery charge without always drawing current.


As you can see, I installed my battery beside the support for the compression post. Originally, I installed the battery on the starboard side, but changed to the port side because the hatch opening was larger for extracting the battery when I need to remove or replace the battery.

The battery is close to the support for the compression post keeping the weight to the center of the boat. Although not shown, I mounted a battery holding strap to the compression post support so that when the boat heels, the battery will remain stationary.

In the lower part of the picture, you can see the "Battery Trickle Charger" which is connected to the battery. Then all I have to do is to plug in an extension cord to charge the battery.


Cheap Cushions


I have always had two problems with the "Widget's" interior. If I wanted to sit in the cabin and lean back, my head would hit the cabin top side where the ports are, since there is an indentation where the side decks go from the cabin top to the hull. I thought about building a back rest attached to the inner liner, but this would be permanent and would reduce the usefulness of the quarterberths as sleeping areas. My solution was to "re-purpose" two existing patio furniture cushions in my cabin. The picture above shows you how mine look.

Now when I am in the cabin and want to lean back to read or relax, I fold the cushion up so that the small sections form a triangle and the large section rests on the cabin sides. The triangle formed by the small sections, keep the bottom away from the hull liner and with the top of the large section resting on the cabin side, keeps my head away from the cabin side. This way I can comfortably sit back without banging my head. (picture on the right).

The second use (picture on the left) I have found for these cushions is to extend the length of the vee-berth sleeping area. I am 6' 1" tall so my feet would hang over the ledge where the quarter berth and the vee-berth meet. To fix this problem, I would re-fold the patio cushions so that they would provide me an extention for sleeping in the vee-berth. Although not a grand solution (you will notice the cloth pattern does not match my existing cushions), the re-use of existing items has served me well.