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Chris Vandersteen's Lezah - a description of her interior  

September 9, 2012. We asked Chris for pictures of Lezah's interior - she is currently stripped out, and Chris could not find any pictures. This subject is of particular interest as Lezah was finished out by J. J. Taylor & Sons in Toronto, Canada. Chris sent us the following detailed description (minor edits).

I can tell you that when I stripped Lezah out to redo the chainplate bulkheads, she had a spartan interior, and it had been quite neglected. I'll go back through my inventory of photos, but am sure I don't have any pics of the interior. It was not outfitted with a galley when I bought her, and since she was built for racing, I'm guessing they passed over this originally. She did have a flushable head, hidden under the forward berth, just ahead of the solid mast strut (the mast was affixed to a heavy steel tabernacle on the deck, which was bolted into a slab of teak on top of the strut that went from the deck to the keel belowdecks).  I would say she was an "open concept" design, with little privacy for the berths.

There was the v-berth, with a box framed just above the height of the head, covered with two matching pieces of plywood, upon which rested two blue fabric covered foam cushions (now that I look through pictures of Marionette's interior, the v-berth construction looks quite similar out to the forward chainplate bulkheads. The chainplate bulkheads formed a divider for the v-berth, and there may have been a drape or curtain hung there -- I can't be sure. Astern of the chainplate bulkheads were two more beth's, one on each side of the cabin. The bilge was covered with teak or mahogany (have the pieces but never had them looked at) floorboards cut to fit up to two and a half or three feet of length, and one of these was fitted with hardware for a standing teak table. The side berths were atop plywood constructed boxes which provided stowage. The same blue fabric covered the side berth cushions, which were all of six feet in length maybe (if the overall length ends up being to long, my math and numbers are off). Above the side berths were overhead cabin storage compartments if I remember correctly, constructed of plywood as well. Just forward the hatch was the aft bulkheads, which divided the main cabin berths from the quarter berths. A radio and fire extinguisher were hung above a small folding map table on the starboard stern-facing bulkhead wall. There were similar box frames below the quarter berths for stowage, and blue fabric cushions to fit. There was also a provision on the bulkhead wall for a hanging gimbals butane stove - I just disposed of a butane canister for the stove the other day; no idea how old, but the canister was nearly full when I removed it.  The boat really did not appear to outfitted for anything but an overnight stay - no sink, no galley, no icebox, no hanging lockers; just enough to complete those long distance races Hazel and Dave were fond of.

Below the companionway, the engine compartment was covered by a square wood panel approximately 2'x2', consisting of several pieces of 1"x3" screwed together into a frame with two wooden handgrabs on each side. The panel could be quickly removed to expose the engine and prop shaft compartment that ran to the stern stuffing box. The side walls of the quarter berth box frames/stowage lockers formed the walls of the engine compartment. The electrical panel was on the back of the engine compartment cover, with the battery in a box on the starboard side. The quarter berths were open to the engine compartment, so I would guess no one was below decks sleeping with the engine running. The quarter berths ran to the stern, opening up to the stern lazarette stowage area.


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