Elf
A 30' 10 1/2" Sloop
By William Atkin
A 31 Foot Auxiliary Sloop
All tastes differ in the matter of boats. Some of us like wide and shoal craft, others deep and narrow; between these extremes there are thousands of variations in dimensions to which a boat may be built and, strange as it may seem, if the problem is carefully worked out a boat of great beam, or of narrow beam, or of moderate beam will be entirely satisfactory. The dimensions are up to the owner; the problem of forming a boat to these dimensions is up to the architect. The sloop Elf, herewith, is a narrow type. She will prove to be able, fast and comfortable, and quite husky enough to go to sea with.
The dimensions of Elf are as follows: L. 0. A., 30 feet, 10 1/2 inches; L. W. L., 25 feet; beam, 8 feet; draft, 5 feet 6 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 4 feet; at the stern, 2 feet 9 3/4 inches, and at the lowest point, 2 feet 2 1/2 inches. Her displacement is 14,950 lbs.; ballast on keel, 3,400 lbs., with another 2,000 lbs. inside. The total sail area is 593 square feet, enough for cruising and long distance racing.
The cabin is laid out to sleep four. I have arranged several boats in this manner and the plan works out well. There is ample locker room, ice box, handy sink and dish lockers, room for a No. 1 Shipmate range, toilet and all that sort of thing. I suppose some owners would want a separate toilet room, but this takes up so much space that it has seemed well enough to tuck the W. C. away under the seat between the forward bunks. A light curtain can easily be hung between the icebox and the hanging locker, giving privacy to the forward bunks. The cabin flooring is laid on a slight curve. This gives full 6 feet headroom under the entire length of the cabin house.
I should use a motor of the Universal-Redwing Baby Doll-Niagara type, developing about 9 to 12 h.p. at 1,000 r.p.m. One of this kind fitted with reverse gear and electric starter is the ideal power unit for a small auxiliary of this kind. Under power the speed will be in the neighborhood of 6 miles an hour. I should not use more power than that of the motors specified.
Plans for Elf are $125
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