Interior & exterior SV Augustina Description 2011
Accommodation and deck plan
The general design is similar to a beach or racing cat stretched to add livability. The layout
is identical port and starboard. From aft forward: the carbon/timber rudders are transom-hung
in carbon “cassettes”, the blades swing up for beaching. Long tillers extend to the
rear x-beam were one can sit and steer.
The deck area aft of the aft x-beam is 2 ft off of the water and gives access to a tender, or
swimmer (rudder stops serve as hand holds/steps). There is a water tight bulkhead at the rear
Moving forward the first hatch accesses the engine compartment. (Please see specifications on
the web site for engine details)
The second, “companionway” hatch, accesses the living quarters. Down the companionway
ladder one arrives in the “mud room” with hanging hooks and net hammock storage. Immediately
aft is a door leading into the toilet closet with fresh water gravity feed wash basin/counter
inboard and storage outboard. The toilet hand pumps into a holding tank mounted in/on the engine
room bulkhead, which gravity empties through a seacock below the WL.
Turning fwd from the companionway one enters the “wing deck” cabin. There is about
8’ 6” head room with netting style storage on both sides. Outboard of center, and
at the fwd end of this compartment is the dagger board trunk (approx. 3’6” fore and
aft x 6” thick), there is hanging storage and netted shelving between the trunk and the
outboard hull surface. At waist level looking inboard an emergency access Plexiglas/aluminum opening
hatch gives a good view of waves rushing by or offers shaded ventilation at anchor. At eye level
looking inboard, a double bed (standard “DBL” size, 4’6”) area sits on
the same level as the pilot house floor... There is 3 ft of head room over the wing deck double
beds which allow most enough room to sit up. A porthole looking aft and an opening plexi/aluminum
hatch lights and ventilate the area. A passage at the fwd end of the dbl bed allows access into
the pilot house; at this point there is a ladder molded to the hull for moving between the sleeping
areas and wheel house without going outside.
Continuing forward, one passes through a molded opening which is the main x-beam into the forward
cabin. There is about 5’ of open walk space. In case of my sons cabin we put clothes hammocks
and a folding desk in this area. A storage trunk/seat is at the foot of the bunk (we call twin
size, but is 4’ wide - aft, tapering a bit to the front and has often been used as a double).
An aluminum/plexi opening hatch is just above the after end of the bunk. A large fixed porthole
(19mm heat treated glass) looks outboard from the bunk. Under the bunk is a large storage compartment
accessed through the top of the bunk. Forward of the bunk is shelving with elliptical access holes.
Forward of the shelving is a watertight bulkhead, separating the “Foc’sle” from
the fore cabins.
Access to the focsle is through aluminum/plexi deck hatches. At the fwd end of the focsle is a
watertight bulkhead, this is the position where the fwd x-beam meets the hull, and fwd of which
is the 3+ ft plywood/foam/glass entry. The only difference between Port and starboard layouts
is that the port hull compartment for a toilet was left as a storage closet.
Forward of the rear x-beam, between the hulls is a walk/lounge area made of tensioned knotless
trawl netting (40mm between weavings of 10mm polyester) approx. 20’ wide x 14’ long.
The netted hand railing on each hull combines to make this area child proof.
At the fore/center of the net a door accesses the “pilot house”. An “L”
shaped galley is to port and an “L” shaped settee/table is to starboard. The table
raises or lowers to become another sleeping area. An “office” style chair slides around
on the hardwood floor on its carpeted feet, and serves as table seating or helmsman’s chair.
Fwd to port are the engine gauges and breaker panels, all electrical switching. Fwd to starboard
is the VHF, HF radios and pactor modem. At the forward center of the pilot house is a winch table
which is the essential business of the operating of the vessel. Here an 80:1 Harken winch is fed
by 14 Antal stoppers. Spin lock engine throttle sockets are on each side of the winch table. Thus
winch handles become temporary/removable handles for the engine controls. 2 GPS plotters, auto
pilot, windshield wiper, and compass are mounted above the windscreen. Visibility is 360 degrees
through 10mm heat treated glass (side windows slide open and the aft windows tip out), and up
to the rig through opening roof hatches
The “fairing” (sloped front of the main x-beam houses 2 200 liter fuel and 2 200 liter
water tanks, as well as the anchor chain locker and windlass.
Running rigging plan
The only running rigging maneuver that is done outside the pilot house is the three reef tacks
(which are dynex lanyards permanantly ready on pad eyes in the appropriate spots near the boom/mast
Other wise there is the 14 stopper board in the pilot house where all else is led: main halyard,
boom topping lift, main sheet, main traveler p&s, 3 main clew/reef out-hauls (also includes
antal leech blocks), jib sheet, jib furler, jib traveler p&s, (jib halyard ends on a tensioning
track at the base of the mast and is permanantly up), dagger board lifts p&s.
As an emergency release when steering from the rear cross beam with the tillers, the main sheet
and travelers also terminate on two/side large wooden cleats
The running back stays are set up with a load-binder to pad eyes near the center of the rear cross
beam, but are not necessary for short tacking. They were added later in the game to further stabilize
the rig when going to sea for days...
I have no drawing in electronic format. The Main and Jib are spectra laminate, beautifully built
by North Auckland NZ. The roach is moderate and high. A 4ft head batten must be removed for final
furling. Both sails self tack via fredriksen traveler for short handing in tight quarters. Provision
was started mast work and prod work, far astern winch bases was done for an asymmetric kite, but
we have yet to fly one.
Please refer to the Dynex rigging article on this web site.