A 26' 4" Ketch
By William & John Atkin
|The Auxiliary Ketch Barrie Anne|
|This is a wholesome little auxiliary designed for the comfort of one or two persons; three will be a crowd. The principal dimensions of my design number 562 are: length over all 26 feet 4 inches; length water line, 20 feet 0 inches; breadth, 7 feet 8 inches; draft, 3 feet 9 inches; freeboard bow, 3 feet 4 1/2 inches; least freeboard, 2 feet; freeboard at stern, 2 feet 5 1/2 inches; displacement, 7,400 pounds; iron keel, 1,600 pounds; inside ballast, 600 pounds; and sail area, 305 square feet.|
|The latest of MoToR BoatinG's family of practical boats is ketch rigged. This rig has advantages, not least of which is the ease with which sail can be shortened without disturbing the balance. The little ship will sail well with main alone, or with jib and mizzen. Another thing worth considering is the ease with which three small sails can be set, lowered and handled; no back-breaking work here nor scuffed-up knuckles furling heavy wet canvas. Perhaps not as efficient as a single master, but a good sailer notwithstanding, and an interesting thing to look at and play with. After all, everything in life has its compensations. The total sail area is 302 square feet divided into main, 155 square feet; mizzen, 75 square feet; and jib, 72 square feet.|
|The cabin is cosy. Dropping down the companion ladder one finds a snug little place to live. On one hand a seat with lockers for books, and the many what-nots needed for happy living afloat. A generous sized locker partially tucked beneath the bridge deck might be used for clothes, or food. Over the tops of these a goodly shelf which should have turned pin rails to set the cabin into the mood of the sea. Across from the seat and locker ranges the galley; from end to end a trifle longer than 6 feet. Here is a coal-burning range; sink with locker beneath; ice box; and small locker. The tops of the latter three form the galley work table. Then ranged along the ship's ceiling is a locker for dishes and the countless things one needs for living. A coal bin is beneath the port bunk. And a pump water closet stands between the berths and is covered by a cushioned lid when not in use. Two bunks stretch up under the forward deck and are 6 feet 1 inch long by 2 feet wide. There is sitting headroom over the after ends of the bunks, and, of course, on the little sofa in the main cabin. Standing headroom under the cabin top beams is 4 feet 9 inches; and under the companion slide 5 feet. And so, Shipmates, not so bad for a ship-shape vessel with normal height of sheer.|
The lines show a round bottom hull with well balanced overhangs, firm bilges, well matched diagonals, and buttock lines that indicate speed. The deck line is full through the forward sections, a feature which will help keep spray down; there is slight tumble home in the mid-sections; the topsides flaring again as they approach the stern. The stern is narrow and "tucked up" carrying ample deadrise; there should be no slapping or pounding forward or aft when the going becomes rough.
There is a motor, too, a single cylinder 4-5 1/2 h.p. Lauson, Red Wing, Universal, Lathrop or any of the other modern engines of similar characteristics. Enough power in any one of these for a gentle speed in still water of about 6 miles an hour.
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|Plans for Barrie Anne are $85|
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