Modifications and Customisation

This page lists all modifications and deviations from the PocketShip plans or the manual.

  • More lift-out sections in the floor boards. This allows for a bit more storage, but the main reason is access to all areas of the bilge and the drain plug in bulkhead 8.
  • Drain plugs in bulkheads 2 and 8. While there should never be any water in these compartments, the plugs provide means to check that there actually isn’t.
  • Double the width of the cleats for the floorboards on bulkheads 2 and 8. Having the last screws for the floorboards not right at the edge looks better and there is less chance splitting a board.
  • A shelf and electrical box in storage area between bulkheads 1 and 2.
  • Floors in the lazarettes (draining into footwell). Sooner or later, water will get in through the hatches or by storing wet gear. Because of the foam there is no way to get it out. The floors makes the area with the foam water tight and stops anything getting lost under the foam.
  • Glass underside of footwell, underside of forward deck and underside of cockpit deck.
  • Glass tape on inside joints between panels and transom.
  • Smaller rub rails. I find the rails as specified a bit too bulky.
  • Removable tabernacle. This is necessary to get the boat out of the shed. It will also come in handy, if the boat needs to be turned over for maintenance and/or painting of the bottom.
  • Top of centre-board case is removable. No sheave for centre-board pendant.
  • Changes to standing and running rigging:
    1.  Shrouds and bob-stay are made from Dyneema line (replacing steel cable). The bob-stay is adjustable using lashing on the sprit end.
    2. Throat and peek halyards are double cleated.
    3. Cleats for jib sheets are further aft on cabin top.
    4. Main sheet with 3:1 purchase and a ratchet block on the transom keeps cockpit clean.
    5. Topping lift and boom crutch (no boom gallows).
    6. Instead of a spinnaker halyard, there is a ‘lazy’ forestay. There may be a spinnaker in the future.
    7. No sail track on the mast or the gaff. The sail is laced on instead, and the gaff has jaws instead.
  • Floor boards in storage forward bulkhead 2 instead of a battery box. There is enough room underneath the floor to stow a small (~20Ah) battery or two.
  • Fixed companion way step and seat.
  • A drop-in floor for the footwell.
  • Modify the transom to mount outboard motor to the boat.