A little boat is a lovely thing to play with. And
I think this is especially so if you build it yourself. Every fastening, every
plug, every curve, has then a special significance. And Joan is a
Joan measures 18 feet 2 inches over all length, 17 feet water
line length, 5 feet 6 inches beam, and 4 feet 4 inches draft. Any thing smaller
than this becomes cramped if used for cruising. Despite the limited dimensions
it is possible to arrange the interior in a comfortable manner. And to have deck
space, cockpit space and accommodations for a crew of two. More than two will be
|I have kept the displacement as little as possible so
as to economize on ballast. There are 2,100 pounds on the keel and 500 pounds
inside. Small displacement and small beam permit a modest spread of sail; there
is 139 square feet in the mainsail, 66 square feet in the staysail. Total area
205 square feet. The moderate sail area simplifies the masting and rigging. All
the gear is worked out in the simplest manner. And that, aboard a little ship,
is the ideal manner. Joan is knockabout rigged; don't let folks
call her a sloop. A sloop, to be a sloop, must carry a bow sprit.
|It is difficult to arrange the cabin of a small boat.
And the smaller these are the more difficult the problem. I feel that for one or
two the layout shown should be handy and comfortable. There is 5 foot headroom
under the cabin trunk; not bad for a little boat. Now if the stove and sink are
located aft one can stand up with the companion slide open and work comfortably.
If the weather is bad I should have a small stool made so as to sit comfortably
before the fire. The bunks are made from canvas. Simply a 2 foot width, 6 feet
long fitted along the outside edge with a length of 3/4" galvanized iron pipe.
The pipe will be inside the hem. When not in use the canvas is rolled around the
pipe and the whole thing dropped behind the lip on the shelf shown.
|The lines show an easily driven form. The hull will
be powerful, and because of the modest beam easily driven against a head sea.
And here is the point of sailing that is the Waterloo of most small auxiliaries.
The width through the keel at the garboards is broad and the bottom of the stem,
keel, and deadwood well rounded. This makes for speed. The wide keel makes floor
room inside. The freeboard is amply high to assure dryness, and the form above
the water line contributes to this feature. The draft is moderate. There is good
drag to the keel, and the sections forward and abaft the center of buoyancy well
balanced. Joan will be one of those types of little boats that
will really sail well.
|I should use a single cylinder motor of not over
3 h.p.; 1 1/2 is enough for a speed of five miles an hour. There is no point in
traveling too fast.