Friday 15 May 2009

Justins ideas on a live aboard power boat,this is his long range Passagemaker design concept.

Design number two.

Design number one.
Since the blog on canal Narrow boats was published recently I have seen a good deal of traffic on the idea,more so than normal,so we have an interested viewership out there? A fellow yachtsman and soon to retire (he says) is a friend named Justin,he liked the canal boats too but thought he wanted a boat that could do the occasional sea passage,coastal,maybe offshore,he started to do a rough sketch,then got deeper into the idea and found he was then drawing boats! They are of course concept designs,nothing more having been drawn but if the interest for such craft exists we can take it a step or two further.My thanks to Justin for his input on this one.

Below is his concept in words:

Long and thin - I think she will be quite agile and easy to build in hard chines, with a box keel.

Selling points would be:

Economical to build and operate
Offers a lot of accommodation for her size. Two versions are shown - one has an extra aft cabin for guests/chartering.
Traditional looks
Ideal for Med, European rivers, and Intra-coastal waterway.
Long range - about 2-4 k n.m depending on tankage.
Quite comfortable for a motor cruiser - limited rolling.
Light and airy saloons
Very quiet underwayIt wouldn't be hard to make this boat unsinkable and fully self-righting. Need to do the tricky work on hulls etc before I can prove this though
I also suspect she would sail suprisingly well off the wind with the features of a sharpie (allowing for limited reserve stability, small rudder and large fixed prop). Though this is not the design objective at all .


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