A 21' V-Bottom Cruising Knockabout
By William Atkin
|A Little Sailer with Great Possibilites|
|One of those nice little sailing boats for use on protected waters; the Great South Bay, perhaps Barnegat Bay; Biscayne Bay; the upper reaches of the Hudson River; or any of the literally thousands of places where a man might have unlimited fun with a boat. And consider that the form and the weight of this little Lagoon is such that she can be transported on a trailer without too much trouble. Thus she offers great possibilities both to the man who fortunately lives close to the water; and as well, to the man who of necessity lives further inland.|
The over all length of Lagoon is 21 feet; length on the water line, 18 feet 6 inches; breadth, 7 feet; and draft 1 foot 6 inches. The hull is of V bottom model and with construction of simple and easy-to-build characteristics. She is of transom stern type with out-door rudder, and, of course is fitted with center board.
Lagoon is rigged as a knockabout with gaff headed mainsail. It will be observed that all spars are shorter in length than the over-all 21 feet 1 inch. The principal purpose of this is to enable the spars to stow neatly on the boat if it is to be transported by trailer.
Lagoon is small; her cabin necessarily leaves much to be desired; after all one cannot expect every comfort on so small a cruiser. But there is room for two to sleep and for two to live for over night cruising. The deck house is only 6 feet long, and the headroom under its carlins is 4 feet 3 inches, however there is under the companion slide 4 feet 6 inches, and since the latter can be left open a large part of the time from the standpoint of headroom the plan is not so bad. Two berths are built in as indicated. These are 6 feet 3 inches long; the after ends being under the deck house; the forward ends abutting against the low bulkhead forward. With the arrangement as shown there is just comfortable seating room for two. With a small leaf hinged each side of the center board trunk to serve as tables here are all the comforts of home; and in addition all the charm of a small yacht's cabin.
The cockpit is sufficiently long for sleeping on the floor. Simply drop down the-two hinged seats and lay down a sleeping bag. The space beneath the bridge deck provides room for the stowage of a small outboard motor, which will be used for power, and for any other gear that is not perishable. The cockpit floor is 9 inches above the water line; therefore can be made water tight and self draining.
|The lines show an easily driven hull of generous freeboard, having chines just touching the water while the boat is at rest and on an even keel. All sections are perfectly straight, this is for the purpose of simplifying construction, and not a bad form from the standpoint of all around practicability. The keel has considerable breadth which lends itself to the accommodation of the center board trunk, and adds measurably to the strength of the hull. This breadth will be appreciated if, and when, the boat is being lifted on the trailer.|
|Plans for Lagoon are $85|
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