40’ PPH, Pocket Pilot House Sailing Yacht
Design #87 – 91 ©Heyman Yachts 2019
ANOTHER STANDARD WHITE BOAT?
This new 40’ yacht is the first of its kind. There are other yachts which may be slightly reminiscent at a distance but in basic concept, and in function, there is no other like her. The name is PPH – Pocket Pilot House.
And just to be clear; the unusual thing is that she is not a standard boat – nothing to do with the fact that in this image she is not even white 🙂
At 40 ft, this yacht offers a level of comfort matched by few, if any, boats under 55 ft.
Living on board the PPH will be easy and natural like no other sailboat. There are three basic differences:
The cockpit, main cabin, galley and office or lower saloon areas flow together into one huge room, 7 metres long and 3 m wide. You will never feel confined “down below”, between bulkheads, or under deck.
The cockpit connects with the pilot house through the glass bulkhead.
Once inside, there is a view of the outside from every compartment in the yacht.
For a 40’ cruising yacht, the PPH has more elbow room than any potential competitor. This is because she has fewer cabins, and a different layout altogether. Every part of the yacht feels generous; no space will appear like a miniature.
Easy living on board:
Getting on board from the floating dock, or off, fold out the step in the side of the yacht and walk securely.
Arriving in your dinghy, step onboard the folded transom and walk into the galley with one grocery bag in each hand.
There are no ladders or deep staircases. Coming from the forward bedroom there are only two low steps up into the main cabin, and another two to the main cabin seating or cockpit.
SO, HOW BIG IS SHE?
The PPH is conceived for two people living on board in comfort, as a week-end home, a studio on the waterfront or an unassuming summer house.
In addition, there is space also for friends staying overnight or a few weeks, for children or grandchildren on a summer cruise.
In sports car terms, she is a 2 + 2: A boat with good room for guests – without any real compromise. But, first of all, built for two people, with a level of comfort you will not find in any other yacht of her size.
The cockpit of the PPH is different from any other cockpit.
Under sail, it resembles a normal sailing boat. The seats forward are 2 m long and there is good room for active sailing aft of the wheel. The floor space is a little bigger than average, and the cockpit has better protection to wind and rain, but it is still a normal cockpit.
But, in port, you may want to lounge in a more relaxed manner. The seats may simply be folded out of the way, leaving the most generous floor space imaginable. With seats folded, there is instead ample room for a few folding deck chairs or sun loungers. Enjoy a book and a cup of tea out of the wind, or sit in the evening sun with a couple of friends and a cold drink.
When on a mooring or at anchor, you may wish to fold the transom which then turns into an extension of the cockpit floor, at the same level. For the morning swim, a ladder folds out of the platform.
Let’s zoom in to see the differences – please click images for higher resolution:
There is a central pedestal housing the compass, chart plotter, engine control and controls for the bow thruster(s) and centreboard. On the front side, the folding cockpit table is hung.
Just abaft the fixed pedestal is a canting Jefa pedestal with a 120 cm wheel. When folded to port or starboard, the steering is perfectly at hand from the helmsman’s seats and a completely free passageway is offered on the opposite side.
Visibility forward is guaranteed on each side of the pilot house or to some extent right through the big glass areas in the pilot house. Most people will also be able to see above the pilot house by using the raised floor abaft the wheel and those taller than 6 ft. tall (more than 1,83 m) may be able to do so by just standing on the cockpit floor.
A pair of davits fold out from the transom, holding the dinghy at just the right distance from the lowered boarding platform – very convenient for access. During a passage, there is room for the folded dinghy in one of the huge cockpit stow rooms under the floor. There are also optional pulpit seats each side.
On the other side of the glass bulkhead is the main cabin with all-round view and room for 5-6 persons. The coffee table folds out, forming a dining table. You will be at the same eye level and in contact with somebody sitting in a deck chair outside.
There are different layout options for the yacht. On the starboard side may be the galley, or an office / nav station. And going down two steps gets you to either a lower saloon, or a forward galley. This lower part has 2, 30 metres standing headroom, surrounded by big windows and open to the rest of the pilot house.
The owner’s stateroom is forward. It can again be laid out according to taste, with a centreline double bed or two good-sized single berths. You will find all the amenities you would expect at home – bedside tables, a book case, a few table lamps, a bureau, clothes drawers and good hanging lockers, and perhaps a small sofa.
The centreline double bed in the PPH is a full one-and-a-half metres wide all the way forward to the bulkhead, fitted with a fabric covered headpiece. This is absolutely unique in a yacht of this size but once there, it is the most natural thing. We believe very few people would go to sleep in their double bed at home with their feet against the wall – so why do it in a boat?
Half-sitting in the bed, you will be able to see out the hull windows and, if the door is open, you may look through the boat, all the way aft.
The stateroom has a private access to the bathroom, with separate shower stall, room for a washing machine and ample locker space.
The guest room is opposite the lower galley or lower saloon. Not as comfortable as the forward stateroom but with an equally wide bed and still bright and airy. The bath room can be reached from the galley or lower salon – maybe more ideal as a day heads solution – or from the guest room.
For occasional overnight guests the main cabin sofa offers a bed, with another in the downstairs cabin if this layout is chosen. Either of these will also serve well as passage berths, with leecloths. In addition, the guest bed can be fitted with a removable divider and will provide two good passage berths, close to the centre of motion.
For those who do not see the need for an inside steering / navigation station / office or would prefer an upstairs galley, the lower salon version may be of interest. It offers a private and cosy indoor seating in addition to the main cabin vista, with room for a TV built into a bulkhead, and it might be a nice place for an afternoon nap. In this layout, the sofa in the forward stateroom is not really needed so instead provides room for more lockers – 3 * 60 cm wide (24″) hanging lockers + a bureau and big drawers under the berth.
This option could perhaps be interesting for those sailing off season or living on board for longer periods. A heater will keep all areas warm and dry in winter time and both hull and deck are insulated via a foam core construction.
ON DECK, AND MOVING ABOUT
The PPH is easy to access from all sides:
- From the stern, via the stern platform. Or, when tied up stern to quay, via a short passerelle, Mediterranean style.
- From starboard and port sides, where we introduce a novelty; a blind hull “window” which in fact is not a window but a footstep which folds out of the hull side.
- From the bow, via an integrated bow ladder when tied up to a rock or a dock, Scandinavian style.
Under the cockpit are huge stowage spaces port and starboard. There will be room for deck chairs and cushions, a stowed bimini or other cockpit canvas, diving gear, bicycles and all sorts of paraphernalia. The engine room is under a separate floor hatch in the middle.
At the bow is another equally huge deck stowage which can be entered via a ladder. This space contains the chain locker, docking lines and fenders and a vented shelf for the Code 0 foresail or gennaker.
HULL & KEEL; BEHAVIOUR & COMFORT
The PPH’s design is based on an efficient cruising sailboat hull. Its waterline is almost the full hull length, offering maximum sustained speed under sail up to 8,5 knots (more when surfing, but that is another thing).
The hull shape draws to some extent from our research at Chalmers University of Technology. In the latest of a series of studies we had the privilege to take part in a test of the performance of 3 different sailboat hulls of our design in a number of wave scenarios, using both CFD and tank tests. The hulls tested were all 41′ racing sailboats of light displacement. The new 40′ PPH is a much chunkier design than these lightweight racers but the findings regarding best shapes can still be applied, within reason.
As a result, compared to boats of similar beam and displacement to length ratios, the bow of the PPH is sharper under water than most. Her motion in a slight seaway will be easier, without slamming or stopping too much, and her steering will be easier.
In order to be able to explore shallow waters and or to drop the anchor in the most protected coves, the keel is only 1, 44 m deep. It is built as a long fin keel with efficient foil sections and, at the bottom, a distinctive bulb shape with a very low centre of gravity.
In addition, an optional centreboard is offered. It is hidden entirely inside the bulb and is controlled by a winch or via a button from the helm. The sole purpose of the centreboard is to reduce leeway when going to windward and, like the keel itself, it is of course carefully foil shaped. If you hit the bottom, it simply swings out of the way.
With or without the optional centreboard, the shallow draft and long fixed keel offers the most uncomplicated and safe configuration you will ever find in a sailing yacht. With board down, the draft increases from 1,44 to 2, 80 m.
Finally, as a result of the shape of hull, keel and rudder, the boat is course stable, with a relaxed and controlled handling at all times.
UNDER SAIL OR ENGINE
For a yacht so inviting and easy to live on, it is of course essential that her handling is just as simple and safe. The PPH can be managed with ease by one person and the entire forward part of the cockpit can be used for relaxing with a good book, being together or just having a coffee.
Under a 75 hp engine, the PPH will run very quietly at around 7 – 7,5 knots cruising speed. In port, her handling may benefit from having a bow thruster. There is even room for a stern thruster.
Getting under sail is a simple matter of unfurling the sails, ideally by means of electrical powered furling gear both for mainsail and jib. The jib is self-tacking so no sheets to attend to when going to windward. All lines are lead back to the cockpit coamings.
The beauty of this sail configuration is that the sail plan can simply be adapted to shifting conditions and may therefore, in practice, turn out to be more efficient than a conventional rig. The PPH will want a folding propeller for sailing efficiency. Sailing speed will generally be more than 7 knots to windward and she will be able to average 8 knots or more on a reach. Sailing alongside other cruising yachts she will hold her own.
The addition of a relatively flat gennaker, or a code 0, will ensure good speed in the lightest of winds.
We have always felt that the aesthetics of a yacht matters.
It is not as simple as classic versus modern – nothing like that!
In classic yachts, there is good and bad design.
Just like in modern yachts.
Finding the right attitude is a sensitive process and we tend to go to great lengths in making any new design convey the right expression. And – always – one that works hand in hand with its function.
A concept like the PPH will never be regarded as a classic slender beauty, in the sense of a 12 m R-yacht or our 90′ Coastal Cruiser. Considering the basic concept, she will inevitably be somewhat chubby and we have worked very deliberately to keep her profile as low as possible. If well designed, a pilot house yacht of limited size may perhaps offer some sort of a purposeful, determined ‘workboat’ character. But such looks are just as sensitive as those of classic beauties.
In this case, we have spent weeks on her proportions, sheerline, bow, stern and (not least) her superstructure. At the end, it is as if she somehow defined her own character. Suddenly, she was there.
I would be happy to hear what you think.
Overall length 13,00 m = 42’ 7” including bowsprit
Length on deck 12,16 m = 39’ 11”
Waterline 11, 40 m
Beam 4, 24 m
Draft 1, 44 m
Draft, centreboard down 2,80 m
Displacement 9400 kg
Sail Area 84,6 m²
Mainsail 50 m²
Self-tacking jib 35,6 m²
Electric sail drive 21 kW, solar panels + genset,
– or –
Volvo Penta D2-75 sail drive
Bow & Stern thruster options
BUILDING THE PPH
We are currently negotiating with builders – at the moment, there are a handful of options (or maybe one finger short of a handful). The picture will become clear in the coming few months.
To be announced.
The PPH will be competitive in many aspects and is planned for a high quality of build so it may be best not to expect her to be ‘cheap’, or to compete in price with any ordinary mass-produced 40-footer.
Our best answer, at this moment, is that we simply do not know exactly.
We will be happy to answer any (or most) questions, so please ask!
Also, to some extent, decisions regarding details or production will depend on early interest so please do not hesitate to contact.
Best way is to use our ‘info’ address, just click the envelope below.
Gabriel Heyman, July 2019