Friar Tuck
A 40' 2" Double-Ended Twin-Screw Patrol Boat
By William Atkin
A Seaworthy Patrol Boat
Friar Tuck was designed to fill the requirements of winter service in connection with inshore patrol work with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Being sturdy and tough I have attached the name Friar Tuck to this latest of the family of boats produced by MoToR BoatinG. And, if I remember correctly the good Friar was not so bad fighting in water, even if the same was a gentle brook singing through the trees of Sherwood Forest. Perhaps this will prove a good omen. And, by the way, this design marks the 501st I have completed.
Our Friar Tuck is a V-bottomed boat 40 feet 2 inches over all; 39 feet on the water line; 10 feet 10 inches beam; and 2 feet 6 inches draft. The freeboard at the bow is 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches and at the stern, 4 feet 1 1/2 inches. All the sections are straight lines; and the general form of the hull simplicity itself. Length, breadth, draft, depth and freeboard are in proper balance; and the weights are properly placed so that the boat will steer where you wish her to go. And this despite the weather, good or bad.
These kinds of virtues cannot be arrived at over night, so to speak; only by systematic designing over a very long period of years; eliminating the faulty features and encouraging the good. And you cannot design systematically unless you have a proven system by which to design which makes it positive that any new design, despite its size or type, will have characteristics exactly like any chosen predecessor. I feel that the performance of hundreds of boats I have designed over the years justifies my saying that I have such a proven system.
There are a minimum of metal parts in the hull construction and in the equipment. In this I would be disposed to use cast iron for rudder hangers, chocks, steering blocks, and the few metal fittings required. Cleats, fairleads, bitts, shaft logs, yes, and stuffing boxes and struts as well, can be made from hard oak and locust woods upon which there are no priorities. Wherever possible I would use locust treenails and waterproof glue for fastenings, cheaper and easier to obtain than nails and screws and if properly applied nearly as good; and amply secure for rough and long service.
Plans for Friar Tuck are $100




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