ACCOMMODATIONS & LAYOUT
AFT CABIN DREAM AWAY sleeps a total of five people in three staterooms. The master stateroom is aft, with a head and shower forward on the starboard side. The master stateroom has an athwartship double bed. The head of the bed has storage lockers and drawers. The foot of the bed has storage lockers and drawers. The foam in this bed was replaced by a custom mattress in October of 2011. There is storage under the bed and in cabinets beside the bed. The "step" at the bottom left is to assist our kitties getting onto the bed. The aft A/C controls and the aft security panel are on the bulkhead supporting the bed, near the foot of the bed. There is a vanity on the forward bulkhead of the aft cabin. There is a storage drawer under, and a storage cabinet over, the vanity. In the under-bed storage, racks and tie downs are built-in to store three SCUBA tanks and an oxygen tank, which is for the Oxy-Propane torch, which is elsewhere on board. The master stateroom is ventilated with three New Found Metals stainless steel opening ports and two overhead hatches. One of the hatches is the standard Hardin teakwood hatch. The other was formerly a custom aluminum hatch from Bomon, in Canada. The Bomon hatch was replaced with a Lewmar Size 60 Ocean Hatch in September of 2009. The Bomon hatch could not stand up to ocean conditions, and leaked terribly if a wave came on the boat, or we had a hard slanting rain. There are two white LED reading lights at the head of the bed, and an overhead halogen white/red light. There are also two new Hella 12 VDC fans that were installed in October of 2010.
FORWARD CABIN The forward stateroom is a standard V-berth with a filler. This is a sleeping area large enough for two people. The foam and covers were new in 1995. There is storage under the V-berth. Forward of the V-berth, there are doors into the chain locker. Storage in the forward cabin is increased with the use of Pelican Cases. I bent used pieces of stainless steel into 90-degree turns and attached them to the port and starboard sides of the forward cabin. I then hung the Pelican Cases on the stainless steel pieces and added shock cord to hold the cases securely. There are a black case, orange case, and a yellow case on the port side. The black case holds our glass champagne flutes and special occasion glass shot glasses; the orange case holds our digital camera and accessories; and, the yellow case holds our first aid supplies. On the starboard side is storage for the folding beach chairs and beach tent. On the overhead are tubes of 4" pieces of PVC pipe which are used for paper chart storage. On the port overhead are the tubes for paper chart storage and also some small pieces of PVC pipe to store the cockpit enclosures. On the port side of the aft bulkhead is a Pelican Case to store our spare computers. On the starboard side of the aft bulkhead is a Pelican Case that is our ditch bag. We store the ditch bag here when in a marina. This stateroom is ventilated with two New Found Metals stainless steel opening ports and one overhead hatch that was a custom aluminum hatch from Bomon. The Bomon hatch was replaced with a Lewmar Size 60 Ocean Hatch in September of 2009. This Bomon hatch also could not stand up to ocean conditions, and leaked terribly if a wave came on the boat, or we had a hard slanting rain. There are two Hella 12 VDC fans in this cabin, and a halogen reading light for each side of the V-berth.
MID CABIN Moving aft from the forward stateroom, the next cabin is what we refer to as the mid-cabin state room. There is a large bunk to starboard for one person comfortably or two persons, if they are VERY friendly. There is storage under and beside the bunk. There is a large cedar-lined hanging locker to port, and also an entrance to a very large storage area which has been made by removing the fixtures of a second head and replacing them with shelving. This storage area is ventilated by a New Found Metals port, and lighted by two overhead white lights with double bulbs in each. The mid-cabin itself is ventilated with one New Found Metals stainless steel opening port to starboard. The overhead custom aluminum hatch from Bomon, was replaced with a Lewmar Size 60 Ocean hatch in September of 2009. The Bomon hatch could not stand up to ocean conditions, and leaked terribly if a wave came on the boat, or we had a hard slanting rain. There is a Hella 12 VDC fan , a halogen reading light for the bunk, and an overhead halogen white/red light.
MAIN CABIN Aft of the mid-cabin stateroom is the main salon. There has been extensive work done here changing it substantially from the original layout. Stepping from the mid-cabin into the salon you will find, to port, the navigation station. The navigation station has a cover that can either be in the open (electronics exposed) or closed position. Further aft, to port, is the refrigerator/freezer. Over the refrigerator/freezer is the electrical panel, the refrigerator/freezer controls, and a brass, gimbaled Vetus Gimsea light. The refrigerator/freezer unit is located in the main salon, however, because the unit is associated with the galley, a more detailed description of the unit can be found under the GALLEY section of this document. On the starboard side of the main salon is the settee. This is an “L” shaped unit with storage under and behind the seats. The forward and aft views of the "L". The foam was new in 2001 and cushion covers for the settee were new in 2010. There are two Tailorbrite CCF (Cold Cathode Florescent) reading lights available above the settee, one forward and one aft. There are also two halogen white/red lights on the overhead of the main salon. There is a drop down leaf type table in front of the settee. The table top has been decoupaged with an old chart that we used on our initial cruise to Puerto Rico in 1979. In the base of the table there is a flatware storage area, and a place for the flare kit. Forward of the “L” leg of the settee, set into the bulkhead, is the door to the ice maker. This unit is also detailed in the GALLEY section of this document.
Ventilation in the main salon has been increased tremendously. The original Hardin design had huge, non-opening, glass windows in the front of the cabin and two large, non-opening, glass windows on each side of the cabin. The front windows were removed and filled in with fiberglass, then cutouts were made for four Lewmar size 40 Ocean opening hatches. These hatches measure 16" x 16" at the cutout. These hatches have dramatically increased the air moving through the boat while it is at anchor. The side glass windows in this cabin were also removed and filled in with fiberglass, and cutouts were made for two ABI opening ports on each side. These ports measure 18" X 8". These ABI ports have been modified so that the screens actually stay on the port and keep bugs out and our favorite rat-catcher in! The original two standard Hardin teak wood hatches that were in the overhead are still there. There are two Hella 12 VDC fans in the main salon. With all of the hatches and ports in the main salon, it is really quite cool and comfortable while at anchor.
GARAGE Aft of the main salon on the starboard side is what we refer to as the 'garage'. This used to be a two berth crew's quarters, but has been transformed. On the port side of the garage, facing forward, there are four doors each of which provide access to the engine room. Above this engine room access are three drawers and one fold down door to a storage compartment. The garage contains a work bench, with tool boxes on the work bench both forward and aft, and storage under the work bench. The work bench also has a bench grinder on it. The storage area holds the ship's tools, some spare parts, and most of the items that are necessary for the maintenance of a 45 foot boat while cruising. Under the storage area is the 48 gallon holding tank. On top of the holding tank is the "Y" valve that switches the holding tank output to either a deck pump out or the overboard pump out. The manual Henderson pump that is used for the overboard pump out is also located on top of the holding tank with a cutout for the pump handle.