Christopher Robin
A 24' 10" V-Bottom Raised-Deck Day Cruiser
By William Atkin
A Motor Cruiser for Patrol Duty, Dispatch Work and General Service
Christopher Robin was designed to fill a useful roll in these terrific times. While on the small side, the little boat would do yeoman service for inshore patrol duty, for local harbor patrol, for dispatch assignment, and for shifting personnel along inland waterways or coastal waters. And, as will be seen by a study of the plans, after this is all over it has the makings of a swell little packet for cruising in the sun-lighted days and illuminated nights of peace-time living. With further modifications in the matter of standing top and accommodations she would answer well for commercial and sports fishing, as one can easily envision.

I can assure you that Christopher Robin will be an especially able boat for her size, and one that will be able to take a beating and easily get away from it. The overall length of this latest of the family is 24 feet 10 inches; the water line length is 24 feet; the breadth is 8 feet 2 inches; and the draft 1 foot 11 inches. The freeboard to the line of the sheer at the bow is 4 feet 5 1/4 inches, and the sheer to the same height at the stern, 2 feet 8 inches. The raised deck as will be noted increases the full freeboard to something above the usual dimension for this important element in the design of the boat.

The arrangement shows a generous after deck; a selfbailing cockpit 8 feet 9 inches long by 5 feet 6 inches wide; and usable wide waterways each side of the cockpit and standing top. The forward end of the standing top covers the companionway and gives excellent protection to the helmsman and others in fore end of cockpit.

The interior of the cabin provides excellent room for two to live comfortably. There is room provided for a stove, and a small sink; dish lockers; room for a small ice box to be built in; lockers for clothes; and for supplies under the forward ends of the bunks. The toilet room is forward, fitted with the customary water closet, hooks for hanging things and a handy locker forward of the low bulkhead shown. Headroom, despite the modest length under the deck beams, is 5 feet 6 inches. And, by the way, the headroom under the beams of the standing top is 6 feet 2 inches. I would prefer deadlights to port lights in the raised deck sides, depending for ventilation upon the deck hatch and companionway opening.

In an effort to simplify the construction without at all having a detrimental effect on the performance and efficiency under way, all the bottom sections are straight lines; those from the bow to station 7 on the topsides are straight lines; and the only moulded (curved) sections are those abaft station 7. Even here the curvature is modest, only enough to take away the slab-sided box-like appearance of perfectly straight sections. A concession, I suppose, to the esthetic. The bottom of the keel extends in a straight line to station 10, then turns up to meet the heel of the propeller post. This arrangement gives excellent protection to the rudder, propeller and tail shaft and saves the expense and work of supplying rudder shoe and hanger on the heel of the rudder. Rather different from the usual raised deck model, the topside strakes above the sheer line "batter-in." This is advantageous in many ways, not least of which is that the heavy guard rail along the sheer line takes any chafe while lying against docks, other boats, and pilings.

A suitable motor for Christopher Robin would be a four cylinder unit of about 180 cubic inch cylinder capacity and turning in the neighborhood of 1600 r.p.m.; power output close to 40 h.p. The speed of the little boat will be 12 1/2 to 13 miles an hour under smooth water conditions.

Plans for Christopher Robin are $100




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