There was a small hole, 21in by 12in as the only way into the forepeak
, but the firemen couldn't get through because of their oxygen bottles.
The smaller items were more interesting, the handmade bottles and the clay trading pipes, some long-stemmed sorts remarkably intact and functional as we found out off watch, in the forepeak
packed to the brim with Roanoke Island homegrown.
Welcome to the Owyhee." He wears only a pair of canvas shorts, flip-flops, and a green baseball cap sporting the BLM logo on its forepeak
. We pump him for information about rapids, and he tells us that except for "Septic Tank" and "Adios Amigos" (names changed to protect the innocent) we're not likely to run into anything too serious.
Inside the cabin are four berths, the forepeak
and two bunks.
"The deck's thickness in the area of the forepeak
had literally rusted to the thickness of a razor blade," reports Donald Brodie, then AMSAs technical adviser on marine pollution and coordinator of Australia's federal effort to stabilize the ship.
Sleeping arrangements are an ensuite in the forepeak
with island queen sized double and separate shower/toilet.
In his letter he says: "We have 12ft of water in the forepeak
and are not yet out of harbour.
is the owner's area with island bed and large ablutions area; or there can be an offset bed with chaise lounge.
After a late night chat at our table over raki with one of the owners, Yuksel Yorulmaz, I was allowed to spend a magical night nearby in a tiny, windowless, thatched Turkish-carpeted cabin on stilts a few feet out into the water - a welcome change from my cramped berth in Zynobia's forepeak
Our review boat had the owner's forepeak
with island queen-sized double and a separate shower/head but an offset bed is a useful option here that creates a lounge bench area.
Handily, a double can split in two; plus there's a forepeak
cabin for crew or visiting teenagers.
The layout has the head forward, behind the forepeak
double berth while two doubles maximise the beam at the stern and are open plan, a good weight saving idea on this very interesting model.