Harry Dames, Pretoria, ZAF asks:
Hi Scott & Mary,
This is just to wish you Godspeed on your amazing adventure! I hope to own an Nordhavn one day and will do the
same God willing! I'll follow your journey with great interest. The stateroom in Egret
is that Midship or in the bow?
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Harry, good question. We'll pass along the entire story how staterooms
work on Egret. We have a midship master. There is less motion mid ship
than up forward, true in any boat. The normal downside to a midship
stateroom is at anchor there is less ventilation. Most boats, including
Egret, spend more time on anchor than under way so you would think a forward
stateroom would be more practical overall. There is a twist that lets us
enjoy the best of both worlds. Egret's stateroom is covered by the
flybridge bimini, flybridge and pilothouse. A small portion of the midship
stateroom is below the walkway behind the Portuguese bridge but that portion
is shaded by the pilothouse overhang, Portuguese bridge and raised sides.
Heat in the tropics has never been an issue because of the shading and
excellent ventilation. On the hottest, stickiest days we take a quickie
shower before going to bed and turn the low draw fans. The very worst days
we run the air conditioner for an hour to cool tings off. Before long we
are under the sheets and very comfortable.
On those hot days it would be easy to move into Egret's forward stateroom
but it is not necessary. We have three hatches up forward, two in the
forward head and a large one in the middle for the forward stateroom. The
foredeck is nearly two inches (5cm) thick between the coring and fiberglass.
Additionally we have cut two pieces of close cell opaque foam (that doesn't
absorb water) (9/16" or 14mm total) to insulate the hatches with a white
sumbrella cover to keep the foam in place. This works well for heat AND
cold and still lets in some light. During our stay in the Deep South when
other boat's interiors were dripping water not only from the hatches but
from the poorly insulated overheads we had zero condensation or mildew.
Bottom line is we find the midship stateroom cooler or warmer, depending on
what we want, than the forward stateroom. The fans duplicate the natural
breeze thru the hatch with no bug problems.
You have a credible goal for the future. If you truly want it to happen, it
will happen. Good luck.