Here is the official blog tour of Makai. If anyone wants to see more details, come visit and you are welcome to see for yourself. Eric and I have been planning for this boat for 12 years. When we returned from our second trip to Mexico in 2000 we decided the next goal would be a family, a new boat and a new adventure. Wow, here we are. It wasn’t easy to get here, but with the goal in mind the decisions on how to spend our money were clear.
The girls use the bow and cabin top for their show stage. They choreograph song and dance routines that have them swinging from lines and marching up the steps.
The port (left side of the boat) side of the cockpit has a table with seating for maybe about 8 people. I don’t know exactly how many people would be comfortable since we only have five of us here right now. The entire cockpit is covered with a canvas bimini and has side curtains to keep the sun out when it’s low in the sky. We’ve also been using these curtains to collect rain water for solar showers, dog baths, and little bits of laundry.
The starboard (right) side of the cockpit is for the helm and instruments as well as a little bit of seating. There is also a deck along the back of the cockpit with swim steps on the back of each hull that go down to the water.
Inside the big glass doors is the main salon. On the starboard side is the dining area and nav station. The table lowers and this area can be made into a bed. Just past the dining area is a step down to the passage leading to the fore and aft cabins.
The port side of the main salon has the galley. We have a freezer and two refrigerators, a force 10 stove with 4 burners and an oven, and plenty of storage space for kitchen basics. There is a passage on this side going the the fore and aft staterooms as well.
Lets start with the port aft cabin, Genny’s room.
She decorated it with books, shells, toys, stickers, posters, her personal effects and artwork.
The port forward cabin is Marie’s room. The forward cabins have a slightly different layout than the aft cabins. They are all queen size mattresses, two shelves, a hanging locker and a cabinet with shelves. Each cabin also has a head (bathroom) with a toilet, sink, shower medicine cabinet, and storage cabinet.
Marie’s room is also decorated with her artwork and favorite pillows, blankets and toys.
While port side is colorfully decorated by the sisters, the starboard side is missing these beautiful touches.
Eric and I have the starboard aft cabin. There was no room for decorations trying to fit in all the cruising guides, manuals, tools that don’t fit anywhere else, clothes we don’t wear, and books yet to read.
Be careful going to the forward cabin, Roy has determined his room to be toxic.
Roy travels lite, he only has a few books, his wooden sword, mouth harp, and other things he’s collected. He also gets to host the school supply basket and printer.
Like the young man he is, his bathroom is set up as a man cave. There is a seat that folds down over the toilet for him to hang out, read his magazines and admire his space.
This is a stock floor plan of the Leopard 47. The two forward cabins are under the fore deck and the aft cabins are under the cockpit. The heads are situated back to back in the middle of the hulls between the cabins. The main salon is on the upper level so you can see out the windows which is a wonderful feature for the cook. It’s pretty miserable to be stuffed down below in the galley. We love our new home and have gotten used to living aboard, now we have to get out and sail. For the past two months we haven’t been more than 5 miles away, but now that the work is done and we’re planning to head north just after the New Year.