Matson S.
A 28' V-Bottom Sedan Day Cruiser
By William & John Atkin
The Day Cruising Sedan Matson S.
Matson S. was designed for day cruising and so full cruising arrangement, clothes lockers, large galley, and other comforts of home afloat are noticeable for their absence. For hundreds of watering places, especially the smaller inland lakes and the grand sheets of water produced by the building of hydro-electric dams, this little craft will prove ideal.
The cockpit is of self-draining type, the floor being well above the load water line. The width of the cockpit in its middle part is 6 feet 5 inches and the floor at this point is 3 feet 8 inches below the edge of the coaming. Thus you are in the boat while aboard, not on it; there is a world of difference between the two. A generous after seat is shown and beneath this good stowage space for life preservers, fenders, etc. The motor is installed with its forward end in the cabin but is covered by the box shown both in the cabin and in the cockpit.
The cabin is fitted with a compact little galley, ice box, single-burner, stove, sink, a single good-sized bunk and the steering wheel and motor controls. There is 5 feet 10 inches headroom under the house top beams which is ample for the average height man or woman. The space leneath the forward deck supplies stowage place for anchor, lines, and all the many things that are likely to collect in a boat. The toilet room is 3 feet 3 1/2 inches long and contains a water closet.
The sedan cruiser Matson S. is 28 feet in overall length, 27 feet on the water line, 8 feet 6 inches in breadth, and draws 2 feet of water under the rudder shoe. The freeboard at the bow is 4 feet, at the stern 2 feet 11 3/4 inches. The lines show a V-bottom hull having moulded topsides and straight sections below the corner of the chine. The freeboard is ample for a boat of this length and consequently assures a dry boat in rough water. The keel extends in a straight line from station 3 to 11 and the propeller and rudder are thus perfectly protected from damage in case of grounding. Some speed is sacrificed by the long keel and full deadwood and sacrificed to the advantage of seagoing ability. The hull was designed for a speed of 18 to 19 miles an hour using a six cylinder motor of 282 cubic inch cylinder displacement like the Red Wing 52-85 h.p. Thorobred, or a Gray, Kermath, Universal, or Lathrop of similar characteristics. The motor should not weigh much over 900 pounds. The lines are not well adapted to speeds under 8 miles an hour for various good reasons as a study of the afterbody of the hull will show.
Plans for Matson S. are $65
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