A 22' 11" V-Bottom Raised-Deck Cruiser
By William & John Atkin
A Shipshape Raised-Deck Cruiser
Here are the plans of a neat little cruiser. In over all length she is 22 feet 11 inches; her water-line length is, 21 feet; her breadth, 7 feet 10 inches; and her draft, 1 foot 8 inches. The freeboard to the height of the raised deck line is; at the bow, 3 feet 10 1/2 inches, at station 6, 3 feet 6 inches, at the stern, 2 feet 10 inches. The freeboard height of the main sheer line is; at the bow, 3 feet 2 1/2 inches, the least freeboard, 2 feet 2 inches, and at the stern, 2 feet 2 3/4 inches. From the above it will be evident that while Sunflower is a small boat so far as overall length is concerned she has ample room in her cockpit and cabin for comfortable accommodations for a crew of two. The cockpit floor abaft the deckhouse top is self draining, a feature seldom found in cruising boats of this size. Sunflower is up-to-date in appearance without excessive streamlining and difficult to build curves. She was designed to fit the sea and is in every way shipshape looking, and will therefore remain in style for many years to come.
The cabin is 8 feet 3 inches long exclusive of the stowage space forward. Entrance is on the port hand with an entry 2 feet 1 inch long. On the opposite hand there is a work space of the same length which provides room for a single burner stove, dishpan, drawer for odds and ends, locker room for supplies, etc. A shelf on both sides of the cabin is fitted. There are two built-in bunks about 22 inches wide by 6 feet 2 inches long. By omitting the floor under the locker space between the bunks there will be room for a small bow type water closet. The headroom under the raised-deck carlins is 4 feet 6 inches giving full sitting up room on the cushioned bunks. The headroom under the deckhouse beams is 6 feet.
This latest of the family is a V-bottom model. All the bottom sections are straight lines. The topside sections from station 4 to 8 inclusive are straight lines. However, the topside section forward of station 4 and abaft station 8 are molded; flaring at the bow end of the hull; tumbled home at the stern. The bottom of the keel is straight for most of its length, as shown, tucking up to the lower end of the stern bearing flange. This arrangement permits excellent flow of water to the propeller and rudder and contributes much to the speed and easy handling of the boat. If Sunflower is carefully built to the form of the lines she will not only be a fast little craft but exceptionally seaworthy.
She was designed especially for the power shown on the construction drawings -- a four-cylinder motor of between 133 and 150 cubic inches cylinder displacement developing approximately 45 to 50 horsepower turning at 3,000 r.p.m. The motor weight should not be much more than 575 pounds. The Universal Super-Four is a fine example of a motor ideally suited for this particular design. Gray, Red Wing, Palmer, Kermath, Lathrop, and several others meet the specifications required to propel Sunflower at a speed of 19 to 20 m.p.h. I would not provide more or less power than outlined above.
Plans for Sunflower are $65
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