East Riding
A 25' 3" V-Bottom Cruising Knockabout
By William & John Atkin
A Simple Cruising Craft
In East Riding we have a modest and simple craft that will be easy to take care of, reasonably easy to build, and easy to handle single-handed if ever the need arises. The overall length is 25 feet 3 inches; the water line length is 22 feet; the breadth is 7 feet 10 inches; and the draft is 2 feet 7 1/2 inches. Based on experience and data collected from the performance of some of my other shallow draft keel boats one can expect very good sailing qualities, even when sailing on the wind. Shallow draft within reason is a very good feature, and a long straight keel has its advantages, especially for the owner who does his own hauling out and overhauling. And I rather suspect that yacht yard men would rather handle craft of this type than the long, graceful and long-legged models; less blocking and poppets, less work.
The rig is handy with jib-head mainsail and staysail. The former has an area of 245 square feet; the latter an area of 62 feet; 307 square feet in all. The rig is all inboard and about as easy to go shipmates with as any. The staysail carries a boom eliminating the trouble of shifting staysail sheets every time the little hooker changes tacks. Over-lapping jibs and staysails are fine, efficient, and so on but not handy for a singlehanded cruiser.
The deck shows a house 7 feet long by 4 feet 8 inches wide; the house-top crown will provide 4 feet 8 inches headroom under the carlins with 5 feet 3 inches under the companionway hatch slide, And this is not bad for a small and shallow draft boat. The cockpit is 3 feet 11 inches long by slightly more than 4 feet 6 inches wide. There is a bridge deck of comfortable size and area between cockpit and cabin house; this is 2 feet long and gives Strength to the hull and provides room below for the installation of a small motor and room for shelves in the galley part of the cabin.
The hull of East Riding is of V-bottom form and has straight sections below the chines and moulded sections above these corners. The stern extends straight across which is easier, to build than the crowned kind and satisfactory in every respect. The slight flam in the forward sections and the tumble home abaft station 7 is more difficult to build than all straight, sections; but worth the bother from the standpoint of shipshapeness and general appearance. The keel extends well below the line of the rabbet the entire length of the bottom and there is ample area of lateral plane here to prevent the boat from sliding to leeward. The rudder is of generous area which is necessary for a sailing craft of this type and model. Ballast is carried outside. This should be made from lead and will weigh very close to 1,200 pounds. For a boat only 22 feet on the water line East Riding is a big boat. The depth from the bottom of the keel at station 7 to the sheer line is 4 feet 3 inches; the freeboard at the stem is 3 feet 5 1/2 inches; the freeboard at the stern 2 feet 7 1/2 inches; and the least freeboard, 2 feet 3 3/8 inches. There will be a lot of room inside, and on deck as well. She has ample initial stability and will be well balanced if built very much as shown in the plans.
Plans for East Riding are $65
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