Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pole and leg details

This post is to show some of the construction details on how I ended up

Table leg horizontal

When a large flat space is desired, the table is lowered, the table leg is put in place across to the settee, the settee is pulled out 9", and the two seat backs are placed between the table and settee.This will give an area thirteen feet long and six and a half wide. the cushions will not cover this area completely, so will probably be stacked off to the side. The surface will match the height of the galley sole, so a 24" wide by twenty foot long area is also possible.

top of pole outboard, with barrel bolt detail

Rough cut seat back, still needs rounded edges

Fuzzy picture of pole in place

mortise and tenon

top of pole,inboard


  1. Dennis,

    Glad to see the progress.

    I sense a cool plan at work, but I'm having trouble following it. I'm getting all wrapped up in "X connected to Y", without really understanding what the objective is, or seeing how individual components contribute to the whole.

    Seems as though the overall goal is to allow the dinette, companionway (hallway), and settee to be connected by a flat surface, running the full width of the boat. And to do that by using the dinette table top and seat backs as flat surface. Even if so, not sure what the purpose would be.

    Can you shed some light on that?


    1. This stems from posts and discussions on Triloboat interiors with or by Dave Z. The intent is that the bunk and saloon areas, including the galley companionway, can be formed into one large,indoor flat work surface, say for example to repair a mainsail or other bulky project in bad weather. I admit that I am trusting Dave's judgment that this is a useful thing to have in a cruising boat.

    2. OK, I can see that. I'm contemplating a similar area, but in a different way.

      In your case, is it correct to say that all work done in such an area would be sitting vs. standing due to vertical limitations?

  2. Yes, or kneeling would be possible too.

  3. Hi Dennis,

    Very nice work!

    I'm wondering, in the horizontal position, could it be turned over for full support across the whole gangway? Would take some fiddling with the landing notches...

    I must say, we haven't used the full platform often for projects, but it's come in very handy when a group of guests materializes.

    Luggage in the gangway and folks packed like sardines to sleep on the platform (about 2ft each allows roughly 6 to sleep thwartships in the salon/bunk. Two more in the galley and 5 in the cockpit possible... Sleeps 11! 8/

    We don't go looking for that, but it's been a fun 'sleep-over' option a handful of times. In an emergency, it would be a real plus.

    BTW, you table post solution made me think, at first glance, of a 'tabernacle' for the post... it could hinge just below platform level to provide the thwartships bridge. Hmm... a trick for the 'next boat'. 8)

    Dave Z

    1. Actually, the 2x4 that forms the top front edge of the settee was ripped lenghtwise. The inboard piece,2x2, will be glued to the edge of the plywood that pulls out about 9",and will ride in that cutout. Hope that makes sense, I will have to get that piece cut and installed so I can take a photo.

    2. On the number of people, I don't normally see having that many on board, but if helping evacuate from a forest fire or something, it's good to know the capabilities.