Pop 25 - Building the interior season

Designing a new project is a wonderful amusement. When producing the drawings one of our greatest pleasures is searching new ideas which could help people, be it in port or offshore, feeling safe and comfortable while staying inside the cabin. Following the construction of the first units of the new design and finding out if these ideas really work in practice is quite exciting too. This happens again when the first boats of the class are launched, when a pioneer leaves for an extended cruise, and when we learn about the first offshore accomplishments reported by our builders.


One of the boats that is be quite exciting to follow its construction is Solaris, which is being built in an amateur construction hub in Rio de Janeiro. His owner, Fernando Santos, started its construction in August 2012, and now is beginning to build the superstructure, so it is already possible to visualize the internal volume of the boat.

Solaris interior is almost concluded. The fore cabin is surprisingly spacious for a twenty-five foot cruising sailboat. However the Pop 25 has two other double berths, these ones with more room yet to spare. Courtesy: Fernando Santos

In the case of the Pop 25, when following the construction of Solaris and other pioneers of the class, we can say we reaped what we sow, and we are confirming our prevision that the boat is second to none in interior space for a cruising sailboat of this size.

The heads compartment extending from port to starboard is ample enough to allow having a shower in there. A curtain installed on the bulkhead that separates the saloon from the fore compartments gives privacy, while preventing water wetting the saloon’s corridor. Courtesy: Fernando Santos

Fernando opted for a stainless steel oval-shaped commercial basin instead of duplicating the galley’s sink. From the standpoint of elegance he is absolutely correct. It happens that the reason we specified using the same rectangular sink in both compartments has a point in doing so. Where it is not allowed to discharge grey waters directly overboard, the heads sink can drain the waste to the holding tank, which is not the case with the galley’s sink that drains directly overboard. Courtesy: Fernando Santos

Fernando accepted our suggestion and installed the Origo ethanol non-pressurized cooker, a choice which has everything to do with the philosophy of the project, that of being an ecologically friendly sailboat, with zero consumption of fossil fuels. Courtesy: Fernando Santos.

We believe Fernando is going to install artificial teak or any other appealing finishing material on the central corridor floor. All it is possible to say by now is that it is a long corridor. Solaris is already having its superstructure under construction and the owner is willing to be sailing in a couple of months from now. Courtesy: Fernando Santos


There are other boats of the class involved with the construction of the interior. One of them is Hayal, being built in Turkey by Selim Karahan with the assistance of his father. This Pop 25 is closer to being finished than Solaris. We wouldn’t be surprised if Selim told us his boat is finished, ready to go sailing. What we know it is missing is the installation of a diesel engine, his preference. Since it is not the first option in the project, we promised to give him complementary information about the installation. He chose the 14hp S-drive version from Yanmar, and to give him a hand our office is fitting the engine in the project.

Hayal has its interior already concluded. Selim opted for installing a S-drive 14hp diesel engine, an acceptable alternative for auxiliary propulsion. Since this photo isn’t recent, it is possible that Hayal is finished by now. Courtesy: Selim Karahan


While Hayal is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, another Pop 25 is just crossing the tunnel’s entrance threshold. This boat is Konquest, being built by Marcelo Schurhaus and his brother Vandeli, in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, on the slab of Marcelo’s house garage, a place that requires guts to be used for the purpose, since it doesn’t possess safety rails around the working area. But there is no hurdle that German determination cannot overcome. Next you can watch the You Tube video of Konquest’s turning over operation:


Other Pop 25 are advancing their constructions in various places of the world; however we can only report news when the builders inform us how their works are progressing. Those who published blogs relating their sagas are easier for us to follow, and that is why we are concentrating our articles on these boats.

In this workshop, INA, meaning Itajai Nautical Association, located in Itajaí, State of Santa Catarina. South Brazil, will be built a Pop 25 which trasverse structure is being constructed as a CNC kit. Courtesy: Joao Marcos Pereira

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