Live Yankee
A 25' 8" Schooner
By William & John Atkin
A Round Bilge Auxiliary Schooner
Atkin & Co. designed this little character ship for a West Coast client who intended to build her himself with a view to taking extended offshore cruises. She is a trim and shipshape vessel with a conventional gaff headed schooner rig and a fidded main topmast. Live Yankee is 25 ft. 8 in. long, 21 ft. 6 in. on the waterline, with a beam of 8 ft. 2 in. and she draws 3 ft 4 in. Freeboard forward 3 ft. 3 in., freeboard aft is 2 ft. 3 in. Her designed displacement is 8,500 lbs.
The sail plan is divided into three easily handled units: mainsail 156 sq. ft, foresail 115 sq. ft. and jib 75 sq. ft, a total of 346 sq. ft. The sails have neither battens nor roach, and the little hooker is gaff rigged in keeping with the spirit of her antecedents. Her fore sail is loose footed and overlaps the main. This is a practice that dates back into the past century and is seldom seen these days. A boat of this rig should make a very good single handed cruiser since it is possible to shorten sail quite easily and all the areas are small enough to be well within the capabilities of one man.
The layout below offers snug living accommodations for a crew of two. Vee berths forward provide generous stowage space underneath, in addition to the forepeak stowage. A pump water closet is installed under the after end of the berth. A length of almost five feet on the starboard side of the cabin is given over to the galley, containing a Shipmate coal range, sink, and drop-leaf table. Lockers are built beneath these units, with stowage for solid fuel beneath and behind the range. The port side is occupied by a long locker and bin. Sitting space is provided on the athwartside end of the berth. This arrangement leaves an unusually large area of cabin floor for a craft of this size. Head room under the companionway is 5 ft 2 in.

A single cylinder 5 to 8 hp Universal Fisherman turning at 1,200 rpm serves Live Yankee as auxiliary power, propelling her at about seven mph.

Construction is conventional with white oak keel, stem and frames, white cedar planking, pine decks with caulked seams and galvanized iron boat nails and bolts as fastenings. Specifications call for a 1,500 lb. lead ballast keel. Live Yankee and Silverheels share the same hull design.

 
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