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Friday, November 4, 2016


Beautiful Boats (continued). 


Beckon, a North Sea 29 built by Richard and Jane Beck, was launched in 2015 in Port Townsend. She is beautifully built and finished.

Beckon on a first sail in late 2015. Trimming a bit down by the bow (engine was not yet installed at that point).


And a few views from the deck on a sail in 2016, still working out a few details such as sheet leads.



Richard and Jane Beck (above, well bundled against the October chill, and below, in the beautifully finished cabin).


 Forward head/lockers




Beckon is a North Sea 29, built with a long cabin trunk

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beautiful boats!

I'm restarting this occasional blog with some posts of the beautiful work being done by the folks building my designs. 


We'll start with a Kahuna 32 that was launched this summer in North Carolina by Scott and Susan MacCready. I have not yet seen the boat, but Scott and Susan have done a beautiful job of building. Scott is now busy building the mast.

She has a midships galley, with main salon aft, a "pullman" style double berth with a chart table opposite, and head forward, as shown in the drawing below. As the photos show, the result is remarkably spacious for a 32' boat. 





Galley starboard  side

Galley starboard

Galley port side

 Main settee
Skylight above galley

 Chart table/desk

Chart table/desk

Double berth looks forward
Double berth looks aft, hatch above

All photos are courtesy of Scott and Susan, you can see more here, and here.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

The Port Townsend Festival (this year from 5-7 September) is always fun  -- a great place to get ideas, inspiration, and (usually) a lot of sun. If you'd like to talk over boats and boat designs I'll be there all weekend -- look for the 40' sloop Haida, my current restoration project (Haida is an S&S design, built in Japan in 1965 of double-planked mahogany). Here's a shot of her during a 7-week haulout earlier this summer.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Olga 28 Construction Photos

Two OLGA 28s are now under construction  -- 
One by Friedbert and Monika Hennemuth in Germany 
and the other by Paul Kessinger in the US. 

The first six photos show the Hennemuth's setup and progress to date 
(they have the hull bottom now planked).






The following are photos of Paul's build, showing the first frames and stem lamination




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Olga 28

The Olga 28 is a fuel-efficient trailerable, v-bottom power cruiser. She evokes classic power cruisers from the Pacific Northwest, and is designed as the perfect boat for a couple (or a family) to cruise the Puget Sound or Inside Passage to Alaska. She would also be a great boat for cruising in warmer climates, where her spacious pilothouse will provide welcome shelter from the sun.

She is built of plywood,  over plywood bulkheads, frames and stringers. Builders have the option of using a traditional chine or using epoxy coving and biaxial tape ("liquid joinery" style); bulkheads and interior joinery can also be secured with cleats or epoxy and tape.

Power is supplied by an outboard (65 hp is recommended for a top speed of about 12 knots). She can handle additional power if more speed is desired. An inboard diesel with a sail drive can also be fitted.

LOA                                28'
LWL                                26' - 11"
Beam                               8'  - 6" 
Displacement                  5000 lbs


Outboard version




Inboard diesel

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kahuna Nui


After a VERY long break a new post, on the pilothouse version of the 37' Kahuna Nui, which is being built by Jeff Nicholas in Montana. She's a big boat: 20,800 lbs.
Kahuna Nui Pilothouse Layout

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

More on the Simplicity 42

Here's the latest, a pilothouse version.



















And an alternative arrangement plan for the standard version.





I'm also considering an interior ballast option.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Simplicity 42



















This design is finally evolving, and has changed from the early version. The intent remains the same: a simple, practical and reliable ocean cruising boat. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft make her effectively unsinkable. Simplicity is intended as a comfortable liveaboard/long-distance cruising boat, which gives maximum space and comfort for minimum investment and labor. The boat's major features all stem her shoal draft: that has dictated the rig (center of effort as low as possible); the hull form (maximum form stability but sufficient depth and displacement to maintain good reserve stability); and the raised deck (important for both strength and stability).

The hull form is a simple modified v hull, with a flat center section (2.5' wide amidships, which tapers in width fore and aft); the chine between the bilge panels and topside panels is below the waterline for the entire length. There is a wide, shallow ballast keel that bolts to this flat, and on which the boat will sit when beached. Hull depth is 30", while overall draft at the skeg is 36". The centerboard is a simple, triangular shaped board.

Simplicity particulars
LOA: 42'
LWL: 37.5'
Beam: 12.5'
Draft: 3'
Disp: 21,750 lbs,
Ballast: 8000 lbs
Disp/Length ratio: 182
Sail Area

Gaff rig: 818 sq ft (lowers) SA/Disp ratio: 16.99. Sail area with topsail: 940

Simplicity full batten rig (see below): 890 sq ft (main, jib & staysail) SA/Disp ratio: 18.5

















My initial thoughts on the Simplicity rig were to rig her as a ketch, and that may be an option, but a cutter works out well, and the single stick keeps costs down. The full batten rig features a heavily roached mainsail laced to the mast; the mast is hollow, and designed to need little support from the rigging. Battens are easily fashioned from PVC and douglas fir, and lacing the sails to the masts eliminates any problems with raising and lowering the sail, making expensive luff hardware unnecessary. The gaff rig shown above was a later addition, and uses a very similar mast. It will have more sail area when flying the topsail.

She features a raised deck to maximize on stability and interior/deck space, for strength, and for ease of construction. All hull panels are plywood, over plywood bulkheads and frames. Construction is straightforward, using the permanent bulkheads, frames and other interior fittings as molds. Builders have the option of using a traditional chine or using epoxy coving and biaxial tape ("liquid joinery" style); bulkheads and interior joinery can also be secured with cleats or epoxy and tape. The deck is laminated plywood over fore and aft beams.

Power will be about 35 hp, swinging a folding prop.

The concept is based loosely on designs by Ralph Munroe, who lived in Florida beginning in the 1880's. He produced a series of very able, fast, shoal draft boats, the most famous of which was the Presto. Also among his designs were the 52' shoal draft cruising yachts Carib and Alice.



Plans are being prepared. Send me an email (see my website for contact details) to inquire.












The full batten rig for Simplicity is being tested by Bob Wise on his dismasted Cal 34. Here's what she'll look like.

Bob is building the rig over the next few weeks. Read all about it at his blog.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

East Coast Kahunas

Three boats are currently building to the Kahuna design on the East Coast -- in Maine, New York and North Carolina.

Scott MacCready's Kahuna in Blue Hill, Maine:















More photos from Scott are online at the WoodenBoat Forum.

In New York, Paul Thompson is working on the cabin and deck:





























And in North Carolina Cecil Borel is building a long cabin version:


















Here's the bulwark hardware: