We’re anchored off Georgetown in the Bahamas. Water is 87F/30C and air about the same. Today the breeze lightened up and awnings, always important in the tropics, became critical. So we took a ride around the anchorage to see how folks were keeping their cool. That’s a Deerfoot 2-62 above which we built in Finland. We had not been aboard one of these since sea trials in the mid 1980s, so it was a good chance to see how the boat had stood the test of time (this is the same design as Moonshadow, which SetSail Cruising Correspondent George Backhus calls home). This is the only boat we noticed with a wind scoop today, and it was really helping with airflow below.
This design has an aft sailing cockpit and a forward lounging and watchkeeping cockpit. There is a nice big Bimini top aft, and then another Bimini and dodger forward. Notice the difference in color. The blue is cool looking, but much hotter underneath than the white.
Looking forward from the aft cockpit, check out the separation between Bimini and dodger. The slot between the two surfaces, plus the open dodger window allows good airflow – which finds its way to the deck hatches opening to the aft cabins.
Here’s a similar approach to a center cockpit on a Ted Hood-designed cutter. Note the grab rail integrated into the aft edge of the dodger.
One of the problems with deck hatches is the sun beating down on them can create a lot of heat load. This boat has made covers for each hatch (which would have been cooler in a light color fabric). The dodger/cockpit awning do not have a separation. This approach works better in cool and wet environments.
When the sun is low on the horizon, below the awning, the heat can really be uncomfortable, especially in the afternoon. Many boats have side curtains to cut down on the insulation.
Here’s an interesting stinkpot. They have side curtains under the permanent flying bridge roof. Check out the dry stacks. These are about the highest we have ever seen, which is a good feature for noise, fumes, and soot (but could be a storage or bridge problem).
And finally Wind Horse. We’ve got our foredeck awnings set, covers over the salon hatches, and the window awnings in full bloom.
Posted by Steve Dashew (May 12, 2008)