Richard Edlin, boat builder and designerMatakohe, North Auckland, New Zealand
Three times a lady

Under the saloon table is the auxillary Yanmar 20hp diesel. Continued - Lady Hawk pg2

All surfaces were well-rounded for ease of cleaning and freedom from knocking elbows. The heads are comfortable to use, with a choice to outflow to a 60-litre holding tank or discharge straight to sea. The mast is tucked in here, as is the log transducer - any water arriving from either source is contained within a dedicated wet area and pumped out via the shower pump. Back out past storage lockers is the main saloon. You don't really; notice the relatively narrow floor area: what takes your attention is how wide, open and airy the boat is at eye-level. Headroom is ample - two metres plus. To port is the U-shaped dinette, with a snug wing berth outboard - a child's size really. Because of the hull shape you step up to sit down at the dinette, but are rewarded with great views through the windows. Under the forward end of this seat is the Yanmar 20hp diesel, driving a two-bladed folding propeller, via shaft, through a thrust block. Access for service and daily checks is through strategically placed hatches - tight, but adequate. The batteries are under the table: the base of which can be unscrewed if necessary. An electric fridge is under the aft of the seat, with the associated minor hassle of asking anyone sitting there to move at meal times. Opposite to starboard is another seat, a water tank under, and a wing berth outboard. Good to see the emphasis on weight centralisation of water, batteries and engine - important for multihull performance. Further aft, to starboard, is a compact U-shaped galley with sink, two-burner gas stove, plenty of storage, but interestingly no oven. There is hot and cold pressure water: the hot supplied by a gas califont adjacent to the galley. Gas bottles reside in the cockpit under the helm station, controlled by an electric switch in the navigation area. A fire extinguisher is set into a half bulkhead within reach of the stove. Right aft, under the cockpit floor is the owner's double bunk, with standing room at its head for undressing. A third water tank under the bunk is not used for weight reasons. Depending on your personal prejudice concerning multihulls, there is an escape hatch, or viewing port, in the hull side of the bunk area just above static water line. As a viewing port, it makes for another delightful experience under sail.

Layout - exterior
A well thought out and crafted spiral companionway leads up to the cockpit, past the nav station, chart table and main switchboard, to port. Storage for all those quickly-needed odds-and-ends is under each step - a nice touch.

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