Sea Lion's living spaces are luxuriously appointed. The elegant ambience notwithstanding, however, they are very much intended for an informal, casual "shorts and blue jeans" daily lifestyle.
On a boat, with insufficient heat on cool days and weak air conditioning on warm days, and without plenty of water -- especially hot water -- "comfort" can feel like roughing it. Sea Lion is always warm on cool days, cool on warm days, and never runs short of water, especially hot water.
If A-bus appliances (e.g., washer/dryer, air conditioning) are not being used underway, Sea Lion generates ample power from her main engine alternator to keep her starting batteries and house batteries charged. If A-bus power is required, one of her two 30KW generators is turned on and she generates enough power to run every system and appliance on the boat simultaneously. At the dock she has two 50-amp services which give her ample power to run all but extreme power loads: e.g., the oven, the clothes dryer, the air conditioning and the water heaters simultaneously. The boat has a 2,400 amp-hour house battery bank and two 4,000 watt inverters allowing her to run necessary house systems all night at anchor without a generator. During her 2010-2011 refit, a point was made to install plenty of 110 volt outlets, particularly in the galley and the pilot house where guests like to sit and have their lap-tops handy.
HVAC and Hot Water
Sea Lion has both diesel furnace heat and electirc heat for both water and ambient air. The living spaces and the pilot house can be kept toasty warm on cold days. Likewise, she has two Technicold chillers which kept the individual staterooms as cool as 68 degrees in the humid East Coast summer heat.
The Kabola diesel furnace located in the lazarette heats water that runs through a loop that passes through every air handler and both the boat's water heaters. With the obligatory sea water circulation pump running, the power useage to heat the boat and the boat's water and ambient air is about one tenth that required to heat the ambient air and the water electrically.
With 900 gallons of fresh water storage, and 3,600 gallons-per-day of fresh water-making capacity, Sea Lion never runs short of water, and with two 40-gallon water heaters, she never runs short of hot water. "Navy showers" are not required on Sea Lion.
Galley/Service Counter Appliances
The galley and service counter areas are extensively equipped:
Side-by-side upright refrigerator/freezer
Separate service counter refrigerator for canned and bottled beverages
Service counter clear-cube icemaker
Service counter chilled wine storage cabinet
4-burner propane-powered stove top
Electric convection oven
Two expresso makers (one a Nespresso), an electric toaster oven, a blender, and a mixer
Completely equipped galley including full complement of knives, cook- ing utensils and cookware, service dishes, and dinner service for ten
Two high-capacity stainless steel sinks each with an electric garbage disposal, one on the starboard side of the boat in the galley and one on the port side of the boat in the service counter opposite the galley (designed for preparing the day's catch outside the cooking area).
Two 40-gallon water heaters which can be heated electrically or by the diesel furnace.
Full-size LG washer and dryer
Built-in vacuum system with hose connections throughout the boat.
Wall-mounted TV in the master suite which receives Direct TV (depending on the boat's latitude) and can play Blu-Ray media
Large-screen TV on a lift in the salon which receives Direct TV (depending on the boat's latitude) and can view a different channel -- or Blu-Ray media -- than is being watched in the master suite
Sonos audio streaming system and iPod/iPad connectivity for personal music libraries all of which can be broadcast selectively in the pilot house, galley/salon, and on the aft deck.
Dana cooking dinner in a sunny S.E. Alaska anchorage. The dining table has a built-in leaf that allows its expansion to comfortably seat eight adults. Three of the chairs will fit at the counter for casual meals.
Part of what Dana cooked for dinner. There was also a Caesar Salad, broiled asparagus and a nice Pinot Grigio. She served fresh berry cobbler for dessert.
The Galley: replete with convection oven, gas stove top, dishwaher, trash compactor, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator and side-by-side freezer.
Salon looking aft from the dining table. Large screen TV (DirectTV) lowers into its cabinet. Doorway on far wall is entry from Aft Deck.
The custom-built wenge hardwood dining table is shown with its protective cover on. The stairs to the left ascend to the pilot house.
The salon / dining area is the primary socializing space on the boat. although the weather-proofable aft deck with its 8-person dining table, the large settee in the pilot house, and the weather-proofable flying bridge with its comfortable settee and reversible pilot chairs all offer delightful alternatives.
Master Suite. This cabin is situated forward of the galley and extends the full width of the boat. A sliver of the doorway out to the galley and the salon beyond is visible on the right margin of the photo. Not visible are the extensive cabinets of drawers, and hanging lockers to the right of the door, and also to the left of the desk. The photo was taken from the doorway into the master bath. The Master Suite has two openable portholes. The one on the starboard side is behind the partially drawn curtain in the upper left of the photo.
Master Bath. The large glassed-in shower is actually to the right, but it is visible in the mirror on the left side of the photo.
On the lower deck there are two guest state- rooms, each with its own bath. The baths are identical, although with reverse floorplans. On the port side the stateroom has two single beds and on the starboard side the stateroom has a double bed. Each stateroom has a hanging locker, under-bunk drawer storage and shelf space (visible in the photo above of the port side stateroom). Each stateroom has its own individual thermostat. One room can have the A/C on and another room can be running electric heat.
The stairs from the galley descend to this hallway on the lower deck. The edge of the bottom step is visible midway down on the left. The doorways to the two guest state- rooms are on either side in the foreground and the doorways to the two single cabins are at the far end.
The laundry is just past the stairway on the left.
On the lower deck there are two single-berth cabins as shown in the two photos above. These two cabins share a bathroom. They can be used as crew quarters for a captain and a cook/stewardess. However, they are very comfortable guest cabins if the owner is also captaining the boat.