Tepukei-Style: An Accomodation Pod?

I’ve been looking at another approach to try and reduce costs. The idea is to have a long hull, but with comparatively low freeboard, and sealed off, like a beachcat. Overall, a lot like the Tepukei.

The intricate connecting structure and the sealed deck are characteristic of the Tepukei.
The intricate connecting structure and the sealed deck are characteristic of the Tepukei.

I’d build an accomodation pod ontop of that, out of relatively cheap polyerathane foam and fiberglass, and mount that between the hulls. It has a well-protected opening to the leeward side.

The hull is 9 meters long with 60cm freeboard most of the way. The pod itself is 2.8m by 1.2m and 70cm high. It has a 65cm overhang to leeward, to provide a very sheltered seating position outside. One thing it definitely does need however, is the ability to walk to the ama, fore-and-aft of the accommodation pod, so that definitely needs to be changed. I also don’t quite know yet where/how to step the mast on such a design.

While the accommodations are much more minimalist, I think it does have clear advantages where insulation and moisture is concerned. With a cabin in the hull, water will always tend to seep down through the hatch, and condensation on the walls is a major issue. A well-insulated accommodation pod doesn’t suffer from these problems, and the boat as a whole is way easier to build and a fair bit cheaper. Going around the Baltic in that, seems pretty daunting, but maybe with a bit of work, this can actually be made into a viable concept! 🙂

Cheers,
— Marco

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