Richard Edlin, boat builder and designerMatakohe, North Auckland, New Zealand

Overdrive Continued - pg2

However, the launching day celebrations eased all pain - with Overdrive performing well above expectations, zipping along at 18 knots. The Kings do not intend to build again, but they're happy to pass on some painfully learned lessons to others. Rupert's lessons relate to the actual building process. Next time, he'd pay more attention to weight saving, including vacuum bagging technology, maybe add another 1.5m length, and definitely speed up the fairing process and glass the inside before the cedar moves. Karen's thoughts for next time are to buy something ready moulded, live offsite and make boatbuilding the full time job.

The boat:
Overdrive is deceptive; the immense flare above the waterline gives an incredibly spacious feel to the interior at eye level but, like any performance trimaran, the floor area is snug. Storage space is perfectly adequate once all the nooks and crannies are added up, and the deep floats swallow bulky items like sails, spare ground tackle and dive gear.
The interior layout has a double bunk forward, with storage under, with another double under the cockpit. Portside midships is the saloon, mounted in the flared section of the hull, with the engine and drive train beneath. Opposite is a narrow seat, with a pilot berth outboard. The main switchboard is adjacent to the curved companionway, protected by a roll down cover, and the galley is tucked away to one side, clear of traffic. The heads/shower compartment is immediately behind the front beam and contains the keel-stepped mast. The shower pump takes care of any leakage.

Outdoor living space is where Overdrive really excels. The cockpit is generous and its layout demonstrates Edlin's and Rupert King's racing experience. Headsail and halyard winches are nicely placed at chest height when standing, and main sheet/traveller winches are easily reached from the helm. Strategic cut-outs in the coamings accept the rope tails and winch handles. Rupert mocked up the fixed dodger in temporary materials to get the shape and height right - aesthetically it sits well on the boat, but requires a head duck when coming up from below. The helmsperson has views ahead through the dodger windows when sitting or over the top when standing. The most sheltered spot on board is the central, aft-facing seat under the dodger roof - more than useful for the on-watch crew when offshore.

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