Triloboats Barge Update

From    An update from Dave Zeiger, of Triloboats fame, on his “final”build project.

Interior Ready for Paint

Overview from forward

Interior Ready for Paint

Our latest strategy was to finish up the interior and get some paint on to hold our gains against encroaching winter. Well… the interior’s complete – barring a few deets that can wait for spring – but its sub-freezing and frosting inside the shed! Paint will have to wait for the next thaw or an operational stove, whichever comes first.

So next come the decks. We hope.

In lieu of paint, we’ve tarped the hull over to keep the ply as dry as possible. But before we did, we took advantage of the rare sun for a few pics…

Kitty-corner Over-views

We’re generally using the same layout as LUNA, which worked very well for us.

The entire living spaces are open to one another, as much as possible, to allow a roomy feel, long views with big angles out the windows, and a more or less contiguous social space.

The cook is ‘part of the party’, and there’s plenty of room for a sous-chef. One to a few can lounge in the bunk (Anke likes the little bit of social remove, there)… participating while not being in the thick of it. If someone has had enough and wants to turn in, a curtain can screen it off.

The large side windows (much smaller one LUNA) keep the walls from closing in, opening the interior onto the world at large.

From forward, the main cabin divisions are the bunk, salon and galley (under the raised pilot house).

Looking aft and port
Salon dinette, and galley counter and wetlocker/head on the right
Looking aft and starboard
Salon settee, and galley stove and workbench on the left
Looking forward and starboard
Galley stove, salon leanbank and s’brd bunk leanbank on the right
Looking forward and port
Galley counter, salon dinette, bunk platform and port leanbank on the left

The Bunk

The bunk itself is 6ft6in long by 6ft wide, with wall to wall storage, under, accessed by large platform/hatches. Port and starboard are two full length leanbank/lockers, and an approximately 2ft square window. The ‘blank space’ over the leanbanks and ahead of the windows will eventually become bookshelves.

Let the Wild Rumpus begin!


This word embarrasses me, actually… sounds so yottie! I’d call it a ‘living room’, but it seems no more so than the others. Now that Anke has (5ft8in) standing headroom, it’s not even a ‘sitting room’. So, in the interests of tradition and clear communication, ‘salon’ it shall be.

To port is a near 3ft wide dinette (‘table’) and seat/lockers which makes down into a generous bunk for one or a snug fit for two.

Windows above, the entire length
Note the cleats running around the gangway for platform

Opposite is a 6ft6in settee (see ‘salon’… it’s really a ‘sofa’ or ‘couch’) /locker, with a leanbank as per the bunk. The settee locker lid is hinged to a narrow flap… the lid can be slid inboard with the flap laid flat for a full, 2ft single bunk.

Settee… note hinged flap outboard of the seat
Lid slid inboard with flap down to make bunk

Not shown is a removable sole… normally this lies flat against the inside face of the hull. It can be raised to the cleats lining the gangway, and, with the dinette made down, the entire area becomes a single platform, contiguous with the bunk platform. Great for slumber parties or spread-out projects!


The galley is the most complex space, and remains that with unfinished business.

To starboard and forward is a woodstove mounted in an alcove formed by an L-shaped woodbox. Wood can be added at the top and removed from the bottom. In winter, it holds about a week’s worth of wood (at least for previous stoves with smaller fireboxes).

Starboard and aft is a 4ft x near 3ft workbench, with storage under (yet to be arranged). Anke’s herb garden (she’s got the green thumbs) will live on the workbench top, but can be moved for sun or convenience.

Stove to left with L-woodbox behind and under
Workbench to the right, with storage under

To port and forward is the dedicated galley area, with a 4ft x near 3ft counter, extended by a near 3ft x 2ft flip up counter (see below). Forward will be a double sink, with one basin inboard and the other outboard (these will be built from ply… the designer order a stainless sink too big to fit!). Under will be miscellaneous stowage for big, liquidy stuff (water, fermenting wine, gallons of vinegar and soap, etc.) with cunning storage as needed (the hinged flap is for skinny storage inboard of the sink… toothbrushes?).

Port and mid-galley is under-counter storage with a door closure. The door will have a rack of a dozen quart jars with various dry-goods. Low down is an open bin for large, seldom accessed pots and the like (canning pressure cooker and supplies, hand mill spares, ???… maybe some spuds, too). Over this will be a set of four drawers – two shallow, two deep, and 18in wide x 2ft6in long – to be divvied as seems fit.

Port and aft is the wet locker/head topped by a flip up counter. When horizontal, this extends the galley counter, when flipped vertical, it makes a wall for the ‘head’ (see Getting aHead for a full description).

Galley port side and gangway seen from forward

The gangway has an 8in raised sole, with room for quart jars under. Aft is the battery box, which also forms the first of three steps (incomplete). It extends from the inboard face of the hull 18in upwards (10in rise over the sole) x 2ft7in wide x 18in long. Should have plenty of room for the battery and electrical panels with room to spare for tools.


So there you have it… our humble home to be.


Originally posted 2015-01-26 06:52:01.

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