A 26' 8" Flat-Bottom Cruiser
By William Atkin
|A Simple Motor Cruiser|
|The world of boats is a complex matter. So varied are the wants of the individual, and there are so many individuals, that there is always a group of water-going men desiring a design offering the utmost in simplicity; the best that can be accomplished in accommodations; and very low cost. Then, too, the boat must be reasonably comfortable in rough water; have a good turn of speed; and powered with a motor of modest size. Wader has been designed with the above considerations in view. She is of nearly the simplest form -- flat-bottomed. Her entrance is sharp, and there is generous flare in her topsides. The stern transom is without crown; the sides perfectly straight to station 8, and abaft this carry very little tumble-home; and the bottom is flat, and with little fore and after curvature.|
Wader is 26 feet, 8 inches in overall length; 26 feet in water line length; her breadth is 7 feet, 6 inches; her draft 1 foot, 5 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 3 feet, 5 inches, and at the stern 2 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Her name is Wader because she can move about easily in shallow water.
The profile shows a trunk cabin boat. A narrow water-way separates the house sides from the edge of the deck; wide enough to climb forward over while at anchor. The standing top covers the forward end of the cockpit, leaving the after seat open to the sun, a practice which has much to commend it. There is over 6 feet headroom under the standing top, and 5 feet headroom in the cabin. It is dangerous to raise the cabin top above the height shown, and, of course, impossible in a flat-bottomed hull to increase the headroom by adding to the draft. Headroom is very desirable but really not necessary. So long as there is comfortable seating headroom the cabin of a little boat can be snug and homelike.
|The cabin is simply arranged for the comfort of two. Sink, work table, with lockers below, and alcohol stove are given 4 feet, 4 inches of the length amidship; the stove will rest on a built-in locker between the companion doorway and the toilet room. There is ample room below the sink in which to build a small ice box. Two built-in full length berths are provided. And there is a high locker for hanging coats, and other clothing. The space forward of the low bow bulkhead will be found useful for stowing anchor, lines, and other necessary gear.|
|Wader's cockpit is 7 feet, 7 inches long. There is a wide seat across the after end, and beneath this the gasoline tank. The capacity of the tank is 35 gallons. The motor shown in the plans is a small Utility Four developing 15 h.p. at about 1,400 r.p.m. The speed of the boat will be close to 9 miles an hour with a motor of approximately this power.|
|Plans for Wader are $65|
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