32 — By Richard Thiel — April 2001
Less Is More
|Part 2: Luhrs 32 continued|
Of course, you can’t
expect cockpit engine access in a 32-footer, right? Wrong. Okay, at 2'2"x1'4"
it’s not going to accommodate your beer-drinking buddies, and someone
did forget to provide a step for anyone svelte enough to fit through.
But once you’re inside, it’s easy to check the batteries and
reach all the filters. The sea strainers are external, so they’re
no sweat, but the dipsticks on our V-8s were just about touching the overhead;
I could pull them, but it took some wiggling. Under foot, about 18 inches
off the hull, a 4,000-gph bilge pump with float switch supplements two
1,100-gph units. Designed to come on only when there’s high water,
it activates a high-water alarm at the helm, from which it can also be
manually activated. For major maintenance, the entire overhead/saloon
sole comes up in three panels, and there is plenty of artificial light.
All fittings are double-clamped, not just those below the waterline.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.