Once Bob and I had a definitive hull shape, with the LWL, midship section, freeboard, prismatic coefficient, and displacement that I wanted, we had to design the deck. There were 5 basic deck designs I could consider, and each had it’s pluses and minuses, as to cost, looks, mobility, etc.
One: a completely flush deck like an old Pearson 40. Two: a blister type deck popular like the original Swan decks. Three: a conventional trunk cabin like the old traditional Sparkman and Stephens -Dorade, or even better, a Bob Perry Nordic 44 or NIGHTRUNNER or STARBUCK. Four: a raised salon type deck, with a raised settee and windows you could look out of while sitting down. Five: a true pilothouse with inside steering.
I decided, and believe me it was a tough choice, that for the kind of daysailor, weekender, and dock cruiser that I wanted, that the conventional trunk cabin, with all the Bob Perry touches would be the best. Bob is a master of deck design, and I think the deck design for LUCKY GIRL will work perfectly at sea and at the dock. I had wanted as much ventilation as possible, and the trunk cabin gave me at least 5 opening ports on each side of the boat. I have found that going down to the boat after it has sat for awhile and opening up lots of ports is the best way to freshen up the boat for guests. There were other advantages. The trunk cabin allowed for the lowest freeboard. It placed the hatches up off the deck. It put the hand rails at a convenient height when you are working your way forward. The cabin trunk created some ideal spots to place dorade vents. Venting the boat and keeping it smelling fresh and clean is very important if I want my wife to come sailing with me.
Of course the deck plan also had to have provision for sail handling gear, and specifically, the main sheet arrangement. I had wanted end boom sheeting, but the advantages of mid boom sheeting for a cruising boat won out. I would still like to figure out a way to have end boom sheeting for racing, and mid boom sheeting for less serious sailing.