A 23' 1/4" V-Bottom Raised-Deck Day Cruiser
By William & John Atkin
A Utility Cruiser
Here are the plans of an interesting little cruising boat. In over all length this newest of the family is 23 feet plus 1/4 inch. The water line length is 21 feet, the breadth on deck at station 6 is 7 feet 10 inches, and the draft 1 foot 11 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 3 feet 11 inches and at the stern the freeboard is 2 feet 7 1/2 inches. One will discover at the completion of the hull that, despite the modest outside dimensions, we have in hand a very sizable craft; dimensionally small but actually every inch a biggish sort of boat. And, if you will forgive the conceit of the designers, a happy combination of handsomeness and useful simplicity. The frills we have left elsewhere; the high cost of building to other pocketbooks.

Our 23-footer is of raised deck type in its most simple form. It is without sudden curves, sweeps, and unnecessary streamlining. The shelter house over the helmsman's seat is completely foreign to un-needed curves. The top edge of the house should be sprung inwards. The purpose of this is to avoid the apparent flaring outwards of the forward ends of the house sides. This fault is especially noticeable when viewed from the bow of the boat. Of this, folks will say, "the fore ends of the windshield stick out like ears," and so they do. The forward end of the shelter house is fitted with two sashes, these hinge at tops and swing outward. The sides of the house will be furnished with khaki weather cloths.

The cabin is designed for occasional over night cruising. It contains two six-foot bunks, seats for two, small work table upon which to use a Primus stove, and useful lockers. The headroom under the deck beams is 4 feet 6 inches. For young people and supple old people who value sea-kindliness to upright walking when afloat for a week-end cruise -- well we rather feel that Gail will fill the bill.

This little packet, Gail, is of V bottom form and except for the topsides of the stations abaft number 7 all the sections are straight. The after sections show just enough convexity to relieve the appearance of boxiness which always associates itself with a flat sided stern transom. Perhaps a little more work, this moulding of the after sections, but worthwhile work. Somehow, for several reasons, perfectly straight lines in the forward sections above the chine lines fit the other pleasing characteristics of a V bottomed hull. In connection with the above it should be remembered that straight sections with very little flare from the water line to the deck-edge usually make a very wet boat; but, with generous flare and a projecting sheer guard, spray and water are effectively thrown outward and downward, thus assuring a reasonably dry boat in rough water.
For power this latest of MoToR BoatinG's ever growing fleet has a four cylinder 7-18 h.p. light weight Meteor Red Wing motor. I would suggest turning this at about 2,000 r.p.m. at which revolutions it will develop 15 h.p. The speed of the little packet will be close to 11.5 miles an hour. Because of the underwater form I would not suggest installing a motor of much over 90 cubic inches cylinder displacement. The after lines of the boat tuck up too much for speeds over 13 to 14 miles an hour. Enough power, Shipmates, is enough, do not over do this matter.
Plans for Gail are $100




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