A 15' 2" V-Bottom Utility
By William & John Atkin
A Staunch, If Small, Utility Boat
Here are plans of an engaging small inboard motorboat of more than passing interest. While the overall dimensions are modest, the 15-foot 2-inch overall V-bottom utility boat Afterglow has safe and comfortable accommodations for a party of three average weight persons, plus several hundred pounds of various equipment needed for day sailing parties, for fishing, and for beach-camping. She has this capacity because plenty of freeboard and depth are worked into the design; these are coupled with sensible breadth, in this case 5 feet 7 inches, or one-third the overall length of the hull. The freeboard at the stem is 2 feet 8 7/8 inches; at the lowest point in the sheer, 1 foot 9 3/16 inches; at the stern, 1 foot 11 5/8 inches. The depth from the top of the coamings at station five to the top of the keel, is an even 3 feet, a lot for a small boat. While on the subject of dimensions, I might add, the length of the waterline is 13 feet 10 inches, and the draft under the deepest part of the keel is 1 foot 3 inches.
The little boat is decked over as shown in the arrangement plan. This leaves a cockpit opening 9 feet 1 1/2 inches long by 4 feet 5 inches wide, the deck both sides being about 6 inches wide. The space each end might well be bulkheaded off, thus providing a dry and safe place to stow life preservers, loose equipment, picnic things, etc. The motor, as shown, is somewhat abaft amidships and protected from the elements with a removable housing made from white cedar. It might be well to arrange the after thwart to be removable; this will permit room to spread a sleeping bag. Then, with the addition of a Canvas cockpit cover, a night or two can be spent aboard. The high coamings and winged spray boards make easy the attachment of a watertight canvas cover. Simply a row of bronze hooks, grommets along the hem of the cover, a length of 1/4 inch cotton rope, and a ridge pole. The cotton rope will be rove through the grommets, looped over the hooks and tightened up; could not be more shipshape and simple.
The profile of the lines show a straight keel extending from station 2 to station 8, at which point it sweeps upward to a point about 3 1/2 inches below the bottom of the stuffing box flange. The chine line is straight from station 6 to the stern and its deepest point is at the stern. The forward end is a flat curve reaching from station 6 to the stem. The sheer line is of the sea and gives to the little packet a shipshapeness not usually associated with small inboard and outboard-powered motorboats. The deck line is full forward, rather flat along the middle sections and retains much of its fullness at the stern; it is a wholesome line indicating power and assuring dryness in rough water. The forward athwartship sections above the chine lines have both flare and flam; the after topside sections, conservative tumblehome. All the bottom sections are straight-lined. Taken together, the lines and dimensions sum up to an engaging open boat, and, I can augment this with assurance, a very excellent one.
The plans were drawn with a view of producing a boat which, with a motor like the Red Wing Meteor "20," would have a speed of 16.5 miles an hour.
Plans for Afterglow are $60
Study Plans are available for $20
(Refunded when full plans are purchased)
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