Accommodation in the hulls
The spaces in the hulls have had a pretty serious workout in terms of design optimisation. The real sticking point in the design process was access to the hulls and we headed down a lot of different rabbit holes in search of a solution that provided good access without compromising the helm position or the cockpit seating.
Access to Hulls
The first iteration of the design didn't have the companionway access to the cockpit, just the passageway amidships. However this was not ideal because you have to stoop as you go down or come up. It's a small boat and you have to accept some compromises but this was one I was keen to avoid if possible. The solution was to keep the internal access between the saloon cabin and the hull accommodation but to provide a companionway access from the cockpit as well.
The folding idea works well because if blocks the access from the cockpit if someone is sleeping in the berth.
If someone in the cockpit want to use the head they have the alternative access through the saloon and down the steps amidships. We've kept that access pretty wide so as not to make too much of a closed in feeling down in the hull.
The saloon space offers more flexibility in terms of layout.
The fore and aft seats are a fairly obvious choice as they can also serve as berths if you have a team on board. The area forward of the mast post can accommodate beds which may or may not fold into a sofa/lounge arrangement, and a lightweight table could be moved between the cockpit and the sheltered cabin as the need arises.
We considered putting a nav station in the port hull but when you look at how much space there is in the wing deck saloon there didn't seem much point in going below to navigate. A light plastic stool and a mobile table serve the purpose well. The table could be custom made with a large drawer under for charts and nav equipment.
The inboard side of the port hull is ideal for canvas or netting stowage bags, or a shelf for kitbags.
Headroom at the entrance to the saloon cabin is 1600mm or 5'3"
In the hulls the headroom is 1843mm which is six feet and five eights of an inch.
Wing clearance is 660mm (2'2" a the entrance to the cabin. That's pretty generous for a boat this size and that's measured at the fully loaded displacement on the DWL.
Raku 32 by Yacht Service, Team Gaebler and Grainger Designs