I've decided to take the leap and add a Pilothouse onto my 1981 MKI Compac 16 "Lillyanna". Conceptual drawing below. My goal is to create a true pilot house, to use while steering the boat, especially when fishing. I will also be adding outriggers and downriggers (which can be quickly unpinned). The mast tabernacle will remain in-place, and the ship will be able to be rigger with the same mast and boom, albeit with smaller mailsail area and higher mainsail center of effort; the final height of the pilothouse has not been finalized. I recognize the implications of all this and am willing to accept the compromises, and take on the project. The steering gear will be attached further astern then shown in the scale of the drawing, and I plan on implementing a hinged tiller extension to open up cockpit space overall.
I am building a SCAMP sailboat at the moment, and this will provide me with a two sailboats, so I am looking to convert the Compac 16 into a hybrid trawler/sailboat. We'll see how it goes and I will keep you updated with my feedback and progress on the project.
I will post occasional updates here and you can check the build-log at http://www.argobuilder.com/compac-16-fishing-trawler.html
, if you'd like.