Interior Photos of Opperdan

The photos below are arranged in order from the Wheelhouse looking fore and then from the Wheelhouse looking aft. First, looking forward.

On the right, above the wheel, is a wooden box that covers the throttle, instrument panel, compass, etc. Just to the right of the wheel, if you can make it out, is the very large gear shifting apparatus. On the left side of the cabin notice the white exhaust manifold rising to the ceiling. This carries the fumes from the diesel heater below. In the distance you can make out the monument in Place de la Bastille.

This is a photo of the forward salon (looking aft). The stairs in the center lead to the Wheelhouse. To the right is the black diesel heater and the white exhaust manifold. On the right also are bookcases and two blue chairs as well as an oil lamp which we used while underway. On the left side of the salon is a long bench under which we keep all our tools. It also served as an uncomfortable bed. We also carried two canvas cots. Further aft, on the bulkhead behind the map is a central electric panel. Under the rug in the center is a beautiful wooden floor laid on concrete which is part of our ballast. We almost never sit below.

What you see above is a small dinette on the starboard side just before the galley. This tiny nook had been the original galley. After this photo was taken a computer (Macintosh) was put on the table. A wine rack below stores our good wine. Later this area would be crowded with more wine in inverted cases.

We had two bunk beds removed from this area when we bought the boat. Then we hired a Dutchman to build us a galley consisting of storage area, stainless steel sink and drain, a 4 burner propane stove and oven, and a refrigerator that worked on electricity at dock and on propane underway. A propane sensor was installed under both units. The door in the center leads to the head.

Since there were neither waste water rules nor pump-out stations, we had direct overboard discharge. The white object on the wall was an instant hot water heater. Just great! The system provided hot water for the sink, bath(and shower), and galley sink.

Under the sink and running from starboard to port was an enormous metal tank for fresh water storage. That's a real tub on the right. Martin had to sit to use our hand-held shower. Marcia could stand.

Much of our life aboard Opperdan was spent either sitting or reclining on those benches. We had our meals at the table, read at the table, and used it for a workbench. I built an extension to the table for two more so that we could entertain 6 people. We kept life jackets under the bench. And in a watertight envelope that was fastened to the wood under the bench on the right we kept our passports. You can see the passage to the aft cabin over on the left. Our bed, as you will shortly see is located right under the floor. In the distance you can see a pedestrian foot bridge over the canal. Beyond is the lock that opens to the Seine.

This the rear of the aft cabin. Large open space with high head room. Cabinets on the port and starboard. Beyond the bulkhead aft is the engine room.

This is where we slept. In the center were three hanging lockers. The white object on the left is an electric oil heater. Beyond that we stored trunks and valises.

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