John Atkin at the helm of the original Happy Clam.
John designed and built Happy Clam for Ed Davis.
Because of the relatively broad, flat keel, the boat will maintain a level position when beached or tied to a flat-bed boat trailer.
The box deadwood provides protection for the propeller (the galvanized-iron shoe had not yet been installed).
Happy Clam is powered by a Palmer Baby Husky.
A compartment under a flush lid in the thwart holds tools and small gear. A gasoline tank and a rope locker lie beneath the slatted bow seat.
To allow one to face aft while trolling, the after thwart is set some distance ahead of the transom.