Earlier this week I was at Pacific Seacraft to finalize some details on CATARI and see the aft cockpit mock up they'd built based on Bob's latest drawings. We had about 5 of us sitting and walking through the cockpit for almost 6 hours. We actually ate lunch in it which was pretty cool. We had a little guy about my wife's height (5'5"), me, Thumper at 6'2" (the yard manager and yes that's his name), Beefy Victor, Raul the carpenter and Steve Brodie, the owner. We looked over the house from the wheel, sat 5 for a meal at a mock aft cockpit table, and walked in and out of the aft cabin with steps and cockpit soles of various depths. We were able to sit on watch under the hood and look at and test the aft decks and side decks and see how the winch placement felt. The coffee cans are the winches, although the 72s will obvious be larger in real life.
The PSC guys had done, I think, a great job of building a wooden model that was not just accurate but had some gracious details, like the shot below with the curved coaming. The day resulted in some suggested changes that Bob is mulling over. Nothing big, just small things that as you sit in the mock up you see better and want to change. One significant change is adding another 12" of aft deck space.
Bob has been telling me for almost a year to stop editing drawings and wait to see it in mock up. So I will say "he told me so" for him so he doesn't have to.
Based on how my photos turned out I brought the wrong lens and need some practice at this. But we'll try to get better with time. It was hard to get photos with enough angle to show details -- unless I went up on the overhead catwalks and shot from above. Next time I will be better equipped. PSC has also agreed to put in a webcam system and there will be still shots from that I can share (with PSC prior approval). Steve Brodie is shown seated "on watch" in the aft house overhang and watch-cubby (what his crew calls it), with his brand new 'summer buzz' haircut that he gets with his boys and that makes him look like a 20 year old. He really is a grown man in his 40s, honest.
The wheel in most of these is smaller than the 36" wheel spec'd, although later in the afternoon they replaced it with the larger one. I asked to try a 42" wheel and they accommodated me, but the 36 bob drew was just perfect. Go figure.
Note that the pilot house does not overhang on the sides on the real boat/ drawings, they just had not trimmed those side boards off yet -- where the clamps are. We extended the overhang a few inches aft and the clamps are holding the latest extension on.
All in all a great day for me and I think PSC did a wonderful job. The crew there is very proud and looks forward to the work.
I mentioned it in my Spike thread but I want everyone to know again that PSC and the guys there are making a generous gift this year in support of the Spike Memorial Fund. They're great guy so thank them if you can.