Alan Buchanan wooden sailboat
Clipper - Our live aboard voyager.

Clipper is designed to be a live aboard voyager. She is a pocket cruiser with 28ft of deck . How you use the interior space is essential for a comfortable voyage. Everything needs to be multi purpose.

Living on this small wooden sailboat has been integral to me paying my mortgage off in eight years.

 
Making the bed

The settee on Clipper is also the bed. Each evening I make the bed on Clipper, I like a nice tight sheet so it is best that I make the bed. It is quite easy, four thick ply sheets and three settee cushions do the job. A sheet over the top and the job is almost finished. I take the two remaining cushions as lower pillows followed by our smaller pillows. Then two large European pillows which make life nice and comfy for our back, watching TV or working on the computer. No we don't have a TV we use our computers. We have sleeping bags for when it is colder and in summer just have a sheet over us. The bed is wide because it uses the settee area and the walkway in between, so you can swing a cat. Wonderful.

It is Sunday morning, just got out of bed and the first task living on Clipper is take the bed apart. This is the first job every morning living on our small sailboat. Because the bed is also our settee, where the table goes and access to the head.

Then taking the bed apart

It is Sunday morning, just got out of bed and the first task living on Clipper is take the bed apart. This is the first job every morning living on our small sailboat. Because the bed is also our settee, where the table goes and access to the head.

The bedding is first put away and stowed into the hidey hole where our feet go when sleeping. The way the sleeping area is designed makes for a rather large bed. It is about the size of a queen size bed.

I made small pillows which are perfect for sleeping with. I fold the sheets up and then stow the big European pillows which are used to secure everything in the hidey holes.

I put the center boards which go across the gangway under the settee cushions. So now we have our settee back which is what we do every morning and you get used to it.

We are all OK and set to put the table up as it is Sunday and we are having omelets for breakfast.

 
How to set up the table.

When Kevin purchased Clipper a table came as part of the package. Clipper was purchased in January 2016. It was summer and there was no need to use the table, we could get along without it. We had a few attempts at putting it up but it just never quite fitted. I came home from work one day and Kevin had the table setup in Clipper. We had been putting it up the wrong the whole time. There were pieces of wood that had been added to keep the table in a particular spot. With the pieces removed the table now fitted correctly and it is easy to put up and take down. We generally use the table in winter when we spent the day on her or for eating dinner if we are consuming something which is likely to spill. The table has been beautifully designed but was not an original part of the boat according the Clive and Margaret.. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.

The table on Clipper is folding and comes in 2 parts. It can only be set up when after the bed has been disassembled (have a look at how Fiona un-makes the bed video) and fits between the port and starboard cupboards with the forward edge bracing against the mast. The edge of the table facing the stern has a folding leg which can be held by a hand tightened screw. Most times the screw is not put in place as the table is very stable without it. Since we take the table down each evening the screw becomes unnecessary.

When not in use it is stored in the sail storage in the bow. This is only temporary as we would like to find the same type od hinges which will match those already on the table so we can fit the table between the mast and the head. Then it can be used as a screen for the head. This gives the table another purpose.