Hello World‘s interior is rich with teak joinery. 12 stainless steel opening portholes combined with 6 hatches and several DC fans to provide cross-ventilation. We’ve had five people living comfortably aboard Hello World for weeks at a time in Mexico. We can comfortably seat 7 for dinner and we can store provisions for several months of remote cruising. Headroom throughout the boat is a comfortable 6’4″.
Hello World is built to cruise comfortably with two to three people aboard for months at a time. In Mexico, we went six months without tieing up to a dock (took us forever to find our shore power cord after we tied up). This boat has crazy amounts of storage below for provisions and spares.
In her bones, she’s designed and built to cruise blue water. The aft head is immediately accessible from the cockpit. The companionway stairs are much safer to descend than a ladder and hand holds abound everywhere down below. We can attest first hand that Hello World handles raucous ocean conditions significantly better than we ever did.
Hello World‘s companionway stairs are actually stairs rather than a ladder. It’s much easier to climb in and out and much safer to do so in a lively seaway. We’ve had friends with large dogs and the dogs were easily able to come in and out on their own. We have two sets of hatchboards for the companionway. We replaced the original teak boards (included with the sale) with lexan boards. The lexan boards keep the boat well sealed – and are thick enough to be classified as bulletproof – but let in much more light down below, brightening up the interior.
The galley is a corner galley just to port as you descend the companionway. It has a large double sink that makes washing dishes short work. Plenty of storage beneath the sink along with several drawers to the left of the sink. Christy installed a custom counter top spice rack. Outboard of the counter is two cupboards that provides storage for dishes and pantry items. The microwave sits forward of the cupboard. Before you scoff at having a microwave, know that they make excellent tortilla storage devices. And if you’re sailing to Mexico, you’re gonna need a tortilla storage strategy.
But enough about all that, let’s get to the important stuff. Let’s talk about the fridge. … Wait, hang on. There’s so much to say about this fridge that we’re just going to put it in it’s own page. Go here (trust me, it’s worth it):
The hatch in the galley floor leads to storage in the bilge. Hello World‘s previous owners gleefully informed us that 72 bottles of wine (more specifically: “three buck Chuck”) fits in that locker. This is, sadly, an unsubstantiated claim. We can tell you that an obscene number of bricks of Tillamook cheese fit in there and stay fresh for several months.
The quarterberth lies to starboard as you descend the companionway stairs. The quarterberth provides an excellent berth for the off-watch person while passage-making. It makes for great guest quarters that gives your guests good privacy and easy access to their own head. If you’re like us, though, you’ll probably use it to store fishing gear, inflatable stand-up paddle boards, removed cockpit enclosure panels and tools for whatever maintenance happens to be going on at the moment.
Beneath the quarterberth is two large storage lockers. The 6 gallon hot water heater occupies the forward locker, providing hot water while on shore power or running the engine. Aft is the spare locker. See here for more information about our spares.
The aft head is just to starboard after you come down. The proximity to the cockpit makes the aft head an excellent wet locker. Because it’s farther aft and quicker to access, it also makes a much safer head to use in a seaway. I’ve used the forward head while sailing on the Pacific Ocean. Sitting on the toilet is an inconvienent time to be tossed two feet up in the air. Trust me, use the aft head in a seaway.
Probably our favorite feature of Hello World‘s interior is her salon table. Three different table configurations allow for loads of flexibility depending on whether you’re passage-making, entertaining, or just chilling at anchor.
Inside the table cabinet, we mounted a 22″ TV on a swing arm for movie watching. Below the TV is our bar with room for 5 bottles of our favorite beverage (in case you’re asking: Zaya rum). You can read more here about the TV mount.
To starboard is a straight settee with scads of storage both below and behind the settee. Cupboards above both settees provide more storage and book shelves are built-in against the forward bulkhead.
Dickenson Diesel Heater
As we cruise in the Pacific Northwest, heat is a big deal to us. We loved being at anchor with rain beating on deck, drinking wine and reading in front of a nice fire in our Dickenson Newport diesel heater. With next to no moving parts, this heater is stone simple and reliable. We once tried to measure the amp draw on the pulse pump that feeds the heater but found it imperceptible. We would run this heater for several days straight at anchor while we waited out weather systems with hardly any impact to our battery bank. All the fancy forced air and hydronic systems we’ve seen draw 10 to 12 amps and can drain the usable amps out of a battery bank in a day or two. We relied on this heater from Alaska all the way down the Baja peninsula.
The master suite is forward. The pullman berth on the port side of the master suite provides more room than a standard V-berth and is much easier to enter and exit. Jason is 6’2″ tall and has no problem stretching out in bed. Cabinets and drawers sit beneath the pullman. We routed the air exhausted from the fridge compressor underneath the salon settee and into the under-pullman storage area to prevent mildew from forming.
On the starboard side of the suite is a large hanging locker with another cabinet above. Farther aft is a vanity with a swing-out seat and more storage above and inside the vanity.
The forward head in the master suite is spacious and light (for a sailboat head anyways). We replaced the original Jabsco toilet with a Lavac head with a manual pump. The Lavac has proven significantly more reliable. A friend of ours once told us you could flush a teddy bear down a Lavac head. That remains an another unsubstantiated claim, by the way. Cabinets and ledges line the starboard and forward edges of the head. To port is a separate full-height shower stall with a polycarbonate shower door. A sump located in the sole pumps shower water overboard.