Calisto V. Canelli
A Robust 27' Cruiser
By John Atkin
"Simple and straightforward." That's how John Atkin characterizes the husky, 27-foot round-bilge power cruiser Calisto V. Canelli he designed for Laurence Coffin of Bar Harbor, Maine. For instance, oil is used for her cabin lights. Nor is there any electronic gear aboard. Robert Rich of Bernard, Maine built her out of wood. The boat is powered by a Gray Four 162 driving through a 1.5:1 reduction gear. At 2,000 rpm, she moves along at approximately ten knots and consumes a little over three gallons of gasoline per hour. A diesel engine will fit under the bridge deck without modifications, the designer indicates.

The owner reportedly is pleased with the ample pilot house�with its settee berth, engine access hatches, Edson steerer, and Morse controls�and with Calisto's "easy motion" on the water. He finds the cockpit fine for fishing, especially since all the mess can be washed through the scuppers.

A substantial bulwark rail surrounds the deck, adding a measure of security, and a rather high standing hatch serves to provide good air flow aft.

The boat's unusual name, Mr. Atkin writes, comes from "a gardener on an estate just up the road from us. We used to have some wonderful visits at the local Post Office and he would bring us fine tomato plants from time to time�a truly genuine, thoughtful gentleman. Not until he died and I read his obituary did I know his full name�Calisto Vincent Canelli�and I thought 'what a grand name for a proper vessel.' The owner actually named the yacht Helen E, but I feel Calisto V. Canelli better suits this sturdy little vessel. My apologies to Helen E; I hope she understands." (Originally published in Small Boat Journal.)

This auxiliary sail plan for Calisto V. Canelli is included with the plans.

 
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