Outside defines Inside
Our sailing yacht STORMVOGEL is based on a KOOPMANS 48 design. As a very experienced yacht designer, Mr. Dick Koopmans (senior) knows everything about shapes, lines, hull proportion and seaworthiness. Because of this, you can very easily identify a KOOPMANS design once you see one at sea or in a harbor.
But the yacht interior design is a completely different chapter. Of course, ocean going yachts also needs clever design below decks for a safe and comfortable life for skipper and crew. For example, handrails everywhere, secure and easily-accessible lockers and no big, empty spaces are very important details.
Pictures made 2012-2017
Individual interior design
On the other hand, the interior design reflects the owner’s taste and behavior. Some owners like the Spartan interior you can find on racing yachts, others look for a modern interior with a lot of plywood and plastic-coated surfaces that can be found on modern production yachts.
Or, if you’re like us you may prefer a more traditional ship interior using solid wood, with clever concepts for living aboard in comfort and a very cozy ambience. STORMVOGEL’s interior is made from the wood BUBINGA. This African hardwood has a very nice hard-wearing surface and is easy to maintain. One key advantage is that it can be refurbished if required. If small scratches or dents occur over the years – no worries – the material lends itself to easy refurbishment so with some attention it looks like new again. We have just done this so the varnish gleams!
Basically the cabin is divided into five sections:
- Owner’s cabin
- Shower and toilet
- Deck saloon and galley
- Stern cabin
With the exception of the stern cabin you will find ample standing headroom throughout STORMVOGEL.
About a deckhouse
When we bought STORMVOGEL we regarded the feature of a deckhouse as a nice to have’, but we were not convinced about it. Well, four years and 25.000 miles later, we are very happy that we bought this KOOPMANS with a deckhouse and wouldn’t be without it. As well as the advantage of inside shelter if the weather outside is ugly, the deckhouse provides the central living space on your passages. This is the place to communicate by radio with other boats, to cook, to relax, to do the navigation or write some emails or a blog. It offers plenty of space for two with a good all-round view to the outside environment through the big, toughened glass windows.
The owner’s cabin at the bow offers enough room to sleep comfortably even if you are tall. And of course there’s the benefit of plenty of storage space for personal belongings. The shower / toilet room has a narrow design so you will not fly around here if you need to pee or have a shower at sea.
(As a reminder: Be aware that the boat is moving all the time once you are on the ocean. As long as you are outside in the cockpit you will have a good awareness of the boat’s movement. But, as mentioned earlier, below deck you need as much protection as possible to avoid being thrown around and breaking something.
Toilet and Oven
We have to point out the stories about our oven and toilet on STORMVOGEL. The toilet make is a BABY BLAKE and extremely solid and reliable. In four years of travelling we only had one (ONE!) issue with this magic but important seat. But a BABY BLAKE has its price – around 5.000 Euro. Compared to the more common JABSCO toilet one can find on a production boat it’s 40 time more expensive. So is there a difference? Yes, there is! Before STORMVOGEL we had a brand new production boat and several times in each (!) summer season I would need to work to make the toilet function again.
It’s a similar story for the oven. STORMVOGEL comes with a FORCE 10 oven. Robustly build in stainless steel, screws everywhere, no rivets. No issues in four years and some great meals!
The saloon offers space for 8 to 10 people in case you are in a marina or at anchor and you’re hosting sundowners on STORMVOGEL (this is possible even in nasty weather). At sea, the port side bunk can be used as a very well protected sea berth so the off-watch crew member can enjoy a secure and silent sleep.
The stern cabin offers two big separated berths but we used this cabin as a storage locker for our additional sails, beer and other stores. In fact, this cabin is separated from the rest of the saloon by a door and comes with its own sink unit, so it’s a very comfortable and self-contained guest cabin.
You might like to read more about STORMVOGEL´s interior. On this web site you can find further details and photos.
Any questions left? Contact us!