As of autumn 2009, our Roamer 46 was on the sea of dirt in Deale, Maryland, while I focused on resolving the ownership paperwork SNAFU. Since I wasn’t making trips to the boatyard every weekend, I satisfied my big boat project craving by downloading google sketchup and figuring out what the interior should look like when (or maybe if) the Roamer refit recommenced.
There was only part of the galley bulkhead and otherwise solid original cabinets remaining forward. After taking a few dozen measurements, I was able to make a digital likeness with Sketchup.
Once I plugged in the dimensions for the space and created the walls, it became clear that the best place for the full-size fridge was centerline. Counter depths are a given, so the galley concept came together pretty quickly. Access to the v-berth is via steps on the port side. In the salon, we’re going to use the same approach as Chris Craft did. The sofa seat extends back behind the cabinetry all the way to the hull. You pull it out so it’s even with the top of the L to create a bed.
This one is difficult for some to visualize because I didn’t take the time to create the complex hull curves that make up the walls of the space. In any case, there will be a bunk forward, a desk-like structure to the port side and a head (no shower) and hanging locker to stbd.
The centerline fuel tank, which not coincidentally measures about the same as a queen-size mattress, was nested safely in its cradle. All I had to do was figure out what the missus wanted and then see where it fit.
The missus’ demands were:
1) front loading washer & dryer and
2) a nice bathing appliance.
We had a Splendide washer/dryer on our Connie 52, so that’s what I initially thought we would use on the Roamer. I found a steam shower that looked interesting for Wish List Item #2. The initial concept also included a curved plywood sliding door for the head. Hey, when you’ve got two years to mess around with Sketchup and you find curved plywood online, what else you gonna do? 😉
After thinking about the steam shower a bit more, I talked the missus into a deep jet bathtub instead. And after thinking about how wimpy the Splendide was (no more than seven pounds in any load or it would wad up and NEVER dry), the missus talked me into finding space for a full-sized washer and dryer.
These latest drawings go beyond just the concept. They’ve got enough detail to allow me to get a close estimate of material requirements (e.g. how many sheets of 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood to order), as well as guide a cabinetmaker.
By counting the various sheets in the 3D rendering, I laid out 4’x8′ panels outside of the model to figure out how to create the aft stateroom with minimal waste. That African mahogany marine plywood we’ll use for the interior ain’t cheap!
With two years between relocating the Roamer to Deale and the paperwork SNAFU finally getting resolved, I had plenty of time to mess with Sketchup. In retrospect, it was good to take a break for several different reasons, not the least of which is that Sketchup allowed me to foresee issues with the interior and resolve them in advance.
I also included details in the final rendering, like door openings, moldings, radiused corners and other pieces that will be made of solid mahogany stock. With this level of detail, any competent finish carpenter should be able to turn the concepts into real wood.