Rainbow Dream Sailing

Design Details

Building anything completely new means a lot of investigating. Building something that hasn’t been built before asks for a lot more, since there are no examples to look at.

Ever since we started this we have been looking for useful things to implement in our design. Changing thoughts over and over again because demands sometimes collide.

So far we have worked out several details. On this page we will try to give a summary of what we worked out so far.

It is in no way complete , but comments or ideas are always welcome.

Since we want most of the ship (if not all) to be accessible by wheelchair, any passage, door or path has to be at least 90 cm wide. In traditional ships (even large ones) such space can not be found. This demands for drawing all plans from scratch.

The deck has to be flat from bow to stern, and although a little curving is allowed, there can be no raised parts (as usual on standard ships, to create more space below deck).

At the same time we want to make sure there are no unnecessary objects on the deck. Some items like an anchor winch and capstans are unavoidable, but their positioning has to be well thought out.

Hatches have to be embedded flat in the deck. We saw some beautiful solutions by Newthex.

Cleats come in a huge variety and we were pleased to see they can even be retractable (sinking in the deck) when not in use. Like the ones from Monitor Marine.

All rigging can and has to be positioned around the outer perimeter of the bulwark. Running has to be concentrated around the masts, with no lines crossing the deck, although when under sail some trim lines cannot be avoided.

We found a solution for the main door to the steering cabin. A sliding door (automatic) without threshold, and absolutely watertight when the special seals are inflated. As produced by Trend Marine.

We also found a nice vertical platform lift system from Harmar; with a few adjustments it can be very useful for us.

For security on deck unwin safety systems comprising of securing straps and a flooring system of rails as seen in some ambulances and taxis. It is also used on the deck of the sea rover tender that we are interested in.

This system can be embedded in the deck making it possible to secure almost anything. And though designed tor wheelchairs, its even strong enough to secure a tender with it.

Visit our photos tab for pictures of the objects mentioned above.