The Deck of Forethought

forethought from the bow
Sail cover is a breathable polyester (something like the outer shell of a windcheater jacket) with heavy nylon fabric lining (to take the wear from the pointy bits on the boom) designed and constructed by Shirley and myself. It has lasted several years , the webbing tape on the ends is giving up before the fabric.

Black tape on spinnaker pole is covering epoxy glass/aluminium repair. Done as a temporary repair shortly after the collision which broke it , has stood up to the years as even when the pole is bending under load it doesnt break. There are 3mm aluminium straps inside the break which were Monel riveted to the pole and then 4 layers of epoxy glass using tape laid up on top. Overall covering of tape for UV protection.

Forehatch is Lewmar Coastal from Sea Teach replacing old Passport hatch. In retrospect, replacing the acrylic in the Passport hatch would have been easier.
Opens forwards for use in harbour. Generally stays closed at sea. This has now got a UV protective cover as it is starting to craze after 6 years,

White sail protector on shrouds showed its value when it finally wore out and the main sail was chafed through on the run from the Forts to Cowes with someone on the boom.
forethought deck looking forward
Note the low coachroof. It is possible to get water right to hatch if you bury the bow in a wave.

Acrylic washboards and hatch are replacements for wood and crazed acrylic a few years back.

Here is also the murky compass. It is readable but worse at night. It was replaced in 2006 after it was hit, cracked and leaked all the alcohol. It also now has a teak shelf below it to try and stop the washboards from hitting it when they are taken out and put on the cockpit seat next to the bulkhead.

Lines are
Red kicker
Controls an 8:1 rope kicker
Reef 1
Led to outboard end of boom
Reef 2
Main Halyard
Spinnaker Halyard

Topping lift

Genoa car position

The winches are Lewmar 8 for halyards and Lewmar 16AST for genoa sheets
On genoa tracks : one towed car and one conventional locking pin car as a spare, and to confuse new crew members who create interesting sheeting options for the genoa ignoring the turning blocks on the cockpit coaming.
Outboard by stanchion base is spinnaker tweaker. The spinnaker has 10mm, 8mm and 3mm sheets as options.
The 8mm sheets are a bit stretchy, The 3mm sheets are for drifting races when the wind strength is minute, somewhere off the Isle of Wight in June usually.

forethought cockpit
3:1 endless traveller line with cleats vertical on coamings. The traveller has since been rerouted to allow for less friction, with the various blocks actually in line with the things they are pulling on. Despite that the mainsheet car has a tendency to lock up under load as it is so simple (4 nylon wheels on the track)
At bottom is main genoa halyard (thin blue spectra) and spare genoa halyard  (green trace).
Pole uphaul and downhaul are red trace and yellow trace respectively. From ST winch genoa sheets go outboard to turning blocks on coamings then forward to cars .
Winches and cleats further aft are for spinnaker . The spinnaker sheets and are rigged inside the stanchions because of the wide beam. The turning blocks have just been replaced with some ball bearing cheek blocks mounted on the coaming as the guy was gradually sawing through the coaming on the way to the winch.

Spinnaker sheet update

Spinnaker winch and turning block
I thought I would add a pictures of the spinnaker sheet winches  as they are now : this shows the newer turning block.
and this below is the twinning line or tweaker block
twinning line and block

Solar cell is 5 watt panel now fed to diode splitter to trickle charge both batteries automatically. Even at max charge (250mA) the gel batteries can cope with the gassing internally Their chemistry recombines the hydrogen and oxygen produced under pressure. Solar regulator died when battery inadvertently disconnected from alternator while regulator in circuit. Wiring error to blame.

This solar cell has now been replaced with a 20 watt roving panel which can be hung or tied on various parts of the rigging.

Four screws near stern on the cockpit coaming on Starboard side are the fixings for the Webasto heater.

Below them on the seat is the base for the autopilot, with its power socket central on the transom.

It is possible to sit with spinnaker winch between legs on the coaming with only moderate discomfort traded against falling a long way if you get a wave wrong.
Less so as the turning blocks for the spinnaker are now right under your bottom. I prefer sometimes to do a kind of body jamb with feet on the lower side of the cockpit and my lower back wedged against the coamings. My bottom does not touch the seat. I ended up with a lot of bruises after the RTI 2004 with doing this for a while.

Cockpit floor about 10 cm above normal waterline. Quite deep as only propshaft and exhaust below floor. No access via cockpit floor. Just as well when stern squats at 6 knots and water runs back up drains. Some GK24s have fuel tank below cockpit floor with a filler down there,

The fuel tank filler leads to a 37 litre steel tank for diesel. A wooden dipstick can be pushed in to gauge the depth.

To be continued with more pictures.

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