Drawings and Diagrams
I took measurement and made a few drawings of the saloon based on the Type 66MK heater. The smaller footprint certainly helps with the space restrictions. Of course, these are just crude drawings and test the limits of my artistic skills but it helps me visualize what it ought to look like. More research will be required. It may be that I will buy the heater and have it on hand to make sure I build the space match the specific dimensions of the heater. [Later edit: I did buy the heater in Oct 2010 to confirm the measurements--it will fit fine.]
These drawings also depict the two full size pilot berths so each of the kids has their own "room." In-board of the pilot berths are two settees. With the water tanks in the bilge, and no fuel tank, there is plenty of storage under the pilot berths and settees. Much of this design reflects "old school" thinking about reducing "free-space" so you always have something to grab hold of at sea and to provide comfortable permanent sea berth in the center of the boat. The kid's can't reach overhead hand-holds and a big open saloon would be dangerous for them to traverse in rough weather. By moving the settees inboard they have something to grab hold of and we also gain much more storage space. If the arrangement looks similar to the Pardey's Taleisen it is no accident. I have been on Taleisen and feel it is a great layout though only parts of it will work on our boat. We will need to build some full size mock ups to make sure this arrangement will work for us.