Dimensions: 600 x 296
I had both these boats built for me this year. The small, 5.5m (18ft) one was first, originally it was meant to go to the Solomons too, but I soon realised that it and the 8m boat I was to build next would not both fit in the same container.... and at $15,000 for a 40ft container to get up there, I was not wanting to send more than one!
Originally I had intended to go for a centre console layout, but the more I looked and thought about it, the less I liked the idea. I am a large arsed person, and me trying to shuffle my significant derrier around a damn centre console is always a pain in that ample ass, and it also severely limits the amount of comfortable seating options on the boat. By going for a side console layout, access for'ard and aft is simple, along the centreline of the boat so extremely stable, and gives a really nice comfortable traditional seating layout for the boat.
I took a lot of the features we developed on the smaller boat, like the side console layout and the square bow rails, thru to the build of the 8m boat, the Ramonalola.