Neap Tide
A 39' V-Bottom Raised-Deck Cruiser
By William Atkin
A Big Little Cruiser
Neap Tide is a wholesome, comfortable and very big cruising boat despite her comparatively modest dimensions. There is room to spare below decks and above with the accent on spaciousness everywhere. As an example, the cockpit is 15 feet long and nearly 9 feet wide; lay these dimensions out on the floor and you will find floor space to spare. The hull has good draft and ample freeboard to make a really big boat, and then add the generous breadth. A very big little cruiser is the result. Neap Tide is 39 feet in over all length; 38 feet on the water line; 11 feet 6 inches in breadth; and draws 3 feet 6 inches of water. The freeboard to the sheer line at the bow is 4 feet 6 inches, and at the stern 3 feet 3 inches. The freeboard to the raised deck at the bow is 5 feet 8 inches, and at the stern 3 feet 10 inches.

The cockpit floor is of self-draining type and stands 18 inches above the water line. The after seat is full 24 inches wide and can be used to sleep on in clear weather. The cockpit flooring extends full to the inside of the stern transom.

The cabin is arranged for a party of three, two berths being on the port hand; one wide berth opposite of Pullman car type -- table and seats in day time, berth at night. There is full 6 feet 2 inches of headroom full length of cabin and unusually wide floor space. A desk and large lockers are provided in the main cabin. The galley is large and supplied with all the fixtures and lockers required for extensive living aboard. The toilet room is forward and unusually big for a boat of this length; full headroom here, too. And well placed shelves and lockers.

The hull is of V-bottom design having straight sections below the chine and moulded sections above the chine. There are two forms of lines abaft station 6 in the bottom. In one the sections run straight from the chines to the keel and deadwood; in the other there is a reverse curve as shown, and as given in the offset table. The latter is the best form; however it is difficult to build to and so the alternative is provided for those who wish to avoid the curved and difficult-to-make sections in the bottom aft. The boat will be somewhat faster with the curved sections aft.
The motor shown on the plans is a Kermath Sea Rover having a cylinder displacement of 320 cubic inches. It drives the propeller through a 2 to 1 ratio reduction gear. Red Wing, Universal, Gray, Scripps, and many other motor manufacturers can supply engines of equal power and capacity. A motor of this kind will give Neap Tide a speed of 12.5 miles an hour.
Plans for Neap Tide are $65
Study Plans are available for $20
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