A guest head shared by the two cabins sits
forward of the port stateroom. A curved, stand-up
shower stall is provided.
A step up in the corridor leads to a third
stateroom to starboard and the master stateroom
directly ahead. This area can be enclosed by the
addition of a door in the corridor if charter use
is planned. In the starboard stateroom, one finds
bunk beds and a fixed ladder that leads to the
forward deck exit.
The full-beam master stateroom has a walk-around queen bed on the centerline. Forward
of the bed is a watertight crash bulkhead that
separates the interior spaces from the anchor
formal dining around a table. Jamie plans to find a nice
high-low table during his first cruise to add to the saloon.
The centerpiece of the room is the elegant, curved
stainless-steel-and-cherry stairway leading to the
wheelhouse. The metal was salvaged from a sunken
Hatteras, and Todd fashioned the solid wood steps.
Immediately forward of the stair is a suitably sized day
head. Cantalupi fixtures operated with dimmer switches
provide appropriate light levels throughout the boat. All
ports and windows can open to allow natural ventilation
when at anchor on pleasant days.
Overhead, a wood-clad beam conceals a steel support
that curves slightly to match the lines of the boat. Inside
the beam is a central wiring harness that provides
electrical service fore and aft. Above the removable
overhead panels, wires branch off to fixtures, switches,
Photos by Bill Jacobs
The small but efficient galley is equipped with
apartment-style appliances, including a stainless steel side-by-side Frigidaire refrigerator and a four-burner gas range.
An interior curved stairwell in the forward port corner
of the saloon leads to the accommodations below. Sturdy
stainless handrails are provided, but I felt an additional
handrail on the forward bulkhead of the stairwell would
have been helpful.
The 30-inch-wide corridor that was created between
the fuel tanks is on the centerline. Located immediately
forward, port and starboard, are two identical staterooms,
each with a double bed mattress atop a platform. Below
each bed is a 230-gallon water tank. This makes for a bit
of a climb into the berth, but a folding step is provided to
assist. A deck hatch and opening port in each cabin
supply excellent light and ventilation. Todd made good
use of every nook and cranny, providing plenty of closed
storage. Each cabin also has a flat-screen TV and a
Above left: The foredeck, viewed from the Portuguese-style
bridgedeck, contains a 15-foot Boston Whaler within her
high bulwarks. Above: Nómada steams along the north
shore of Lake Erie, into the setting sun.
locker. The well-ventilated, 225-gallon holding tank and
the mechanism and passage for the bow thruster are
located below the berth. There’s lots of storage on each
side of the bed, and a large deck hatch (shielded from
rain by the Whaler) and two opening ports provide
excellent natural ventilation.
A small but efficiently designed private head and
shower are found on the port side of the master cabin.
Twin reading lights and a flat-screen television to
starboard complete the owners’ accommodations nicely.
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Engine room access is provided at the aft end of the
central corridor through a watertight door. (The door’s 10
dogs and massive double handle leave little doubt as to its