A record of the renovation of a
Wooden Drascombe Longboat 'Otter'

16th February 2007. Cockpit/cabin size.

My dilemma about the position of the bulkhead and the resulting size of the cockpit and cabin is about to be resolved.

Option one.

Here is a photo of me in my Lugger with the bulkhead in the rear position giving a cockpit length of 40" (1030mm). This is the standard position for a wooden Cruiser Longboat. It gives a cabin length of 7'6" (2285mm).

I am sitting in my natural helming position. Not much room for the crew if beating to windward.

Option two.

Here the bulkhead is in the forward position which gives a cockpit length of 53" (1350mm). It gives a reduced cabin length of 6'5" (1965mm). There is room for a crew member next to me.

I can also helm from a forward position tucked under the spray hood if necessary.


If I put the bulkhead in the rear position and don't like the small cockpit there is nothing I can do about it.

If I put it in the forward position and don't like the smaller cabin I can get a cockpit tent.


Despite the advice given to me on the Drascombe Association Forum I am going for the second option.

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