A 26' 3" Rough-Water Cruiser
By William Atkin
A Rough-Water Cruiser
Nearly as many boating men have asked me why I have not put on paper the design for a small sort of sea going motor boat as have asked for small auxiliaries. And in reply to these I have prepared the plans of Lapwing. Now this is my idea of a compact and able little motor packet. And since she is small by the same token she is designed not for a party of four; but for a crew of two. For an afternoon's sail, of course, more can find room aboard. For extended cruising; well three will be a crowd. And, shipmates, I feel I have gone the limit in height of freeboard; and height of the standing top and windshield. As it is there is just six foot headroom under the standing top, few of us require greater height than this. A perfectly seaworthy boat must have a self draining cockpit. The cockpit floor is 9 inches above the water line; about the minimum for effectiveness.
Lapwing is 26 feet 3 inches long over all; 26 feet on the water line; 9 feet 2 inches in breadth; and draws 2 feet 6 inches of water. The cockpit is 7 feet long by 5 feet, 9 inches wide. This leaves a nice wide deck either side, thus providing a safe walkway over which to get forward. There is a seat across the after end of the cockpit. The gasoline tank is located under this. The steering wheel is fastened to the coaming and the spokes set in a fore an' aft direction. It is out of the way thus, handy, leaves room for the cabin doors to swing open, and is in a most effective position in every way. The tiller ropes have a simple lead aft as indicated. Of course the reverse gear and throttle controls will be handy to the wheel. There is a drop leaf seat folded against the coaming for the comfort of the steersman.
The cabin is laid out for two. Nice room for the stove, ice box, sink, and lockers for cooking things. Then there is a shelf over the sink for dishes. The berths are built in, with the water tanks installed under these. The toilet room is in the bow. I should not put in a bulkhead forward of the water closet; Just leave the place open. You will then have a fine place to set a row of hooks for oil skins.
Do not over-power Lapwing. A motor developing 30 h.p. at 1200 r.p.m. is ample. This will provide a speed of between 81/2 and 9 miles an hour. The lines were drawn for a maximum speed of 9 miles an hour; if you try to push the boat faster she will settle badly and get you nowhere; a cruising speed of 8 miles an hour will cover a lot of water in a day's run.
Plans for Lapwing are $65
Study Plans are available for $20
(Refunded when full plans are purchased)
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