The galley on each yacht remained essentially the same, albeit with different choices in granite and appliances. On Ruff Seas the Wilsons had the day-head opposite the galley moved to the lower deck, replacing it with a wine cooler and serving counter. Wilson commented that most guests prefer to use the head in their own staterooms, and that this change had proved positive, offering more space opposite the galley.
The pilothouse, which has a large settee with dining table behind the helm, remained essentially the same on each yacht. On Ruff Seas there is a single Stidd helm chair, while the others went with twin-pedestal Stidds, and the electronics varied to the owners’ preferences.
On the lower deck are the guest accommodations. The standard 80 layout has a full-beam master suite amidships, a larger stateroom forward and two guest cabins between them — one with two doubles and one with bunks. Choosing the four-cabin layout, Illusion IV has the original single stairway from the pilothouse to a foyer, from which the four cabins open. In her master suite, the head is abaft the suite, and a walk-in closet is aft to starboard.
HeartBeat also has four cabins, but the Grips opted for two entries to the master stateroom: one to the foyer from the pilothouse and another via stairs from the salon. This provided a mini foyer abaft the master stateroom with a watertight door to the engine room.
Ruff Seas features a three-cabin layout, turning the bunk-style guest cabin into a spacious walk-in closet. She also has a door leading to the guest foyer forward, permitting access to its washer and dryer from the master. It allows the owner to leave the doors open when family is aboard, or close them for privacy with guests. The second master entry is via salon stairs and, in this case, the mini foyer has the repositioned day-head with its pocket door at the base of the stairs. More important to Wilson, who cruises with just his wife, Terri, is the easy access to the engine room from the salon. “It’s especially important at night, because I don’t want anyone out on the open deck when going to check the engine room.”