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    One of the few real "liabilities" to flexible beam connections is the fact that it really is not compatible with an integrated bridge deck cabin, hence one sees only pods on Warrams... unless presumably they have been converted to rigid beam.

    The obvious attraction to a pod is the walkway on either side of it, protected by the hull coach roof.... a very safe way forward, where going forward on most cats with a cabin involves climbing over one a coach roof.

      The obvious liability is that you cannot go between hull cabin and pod without going outdoors.  Not a big deal in mild weather, or the tropics, but potentially a real liability in northern areas like Europe, PNW, and New England, etc, where you are likely to be exposed to cold rain & cold spray if you are more than perfect weather weekend cruiser.

Rob Denny's Harry Proa designs use a cabin integrated to one hull, leaving a generous walkway, which strikes me as the best of both worlds.   On a wharram that is suitable for a pod, I can envision that pod being married to one main cabin, and extending out toward the other hull a suitable distance.   The pod would be rigid to the one hull, and the opposite end would "float" using a single trunnion pin and a walking beam lashed to the two adjacent cross beams so that the beams could still give.    This would allow you to have a doorway facing the opposite  hull.... probably sliding or French, as well as a doorway to the cockpit, and a very generous walkway fore and aft.   The cabin sole in the married hull would be raised to a level that would allow the galley worktop to extend under the settee , which would be L shaped instead of U shaped.  There would be standing headroom in the hull, but sitting headroom like most pods in the portion of the pod over the bridge deck, perhaps with a pop top for nice weather.  I envision  lots of "glass"... not condo cat picture windows, but practical windows, and the ability to open things up, both galley windows, the doors aft and to the port side.... I always seem to think of the galley as being to starboard, and forward windows and the pop top, such that in warm or hot conditions there would be a lot of ventilation, and it would be more like a bimini than a cabin or pod.   Zippered panels (or rigid panels) would be available to provide protection from the elements at anchor or when sailing downwind with the pop top up.  

    I'm envisioning this with a biplane junk rigged boat which is the rig that appeals to me for it's simplicity. 



I've never seen anybody build such a pod, but it appeals to me.   The port hull would be berths and stowage mostly, perhaps a workshop area for projects, etc.... I'm a guy that would go a bit stir crazy without being able to work with my hands, fix and build things.

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