A 26' 8" V-Bottom Day Cruiser
By William Atkin
The Day Cruiser Hope
Hope is one of that kind of small boat that fills the same niche in one's heart as might be filled by an old riding horse, or a loyal house dog. The longer this kind of boat remains in possession of the household, the more precious it becomes. Hope is a little boat; an able boat; a fast boat; a comfortable boat; and a handsome boat.
This latest of MoToR BoatinG's rapidly growing family is 26 feet 8 inches long over all; 26 feet on the water line; 7 feet 6 inches in breadth; and draws 2 feet of water. She is of V bottom model having straight sections below the chines and curved sections above. After years of experience it has been learned that the straight sections below the chine have several and various advantages. Not the least of these is the ease of building. Then there is less wetted surface than is the case with concave sections. And the straight bottom frames are stronger than sawn curved frames. And the flat sections seem to be just as fast. At the bow the freeboard is 3 feet 1 inch. At the stern the freeboard is 2 feet 6 inches. There is a gentle sweep in the sheer line, the lowest point being at station 9. The deck house is kept low and by extending the coaming both forward and aft the effect of lowness is accentuated. Up between the forward coamings there is a cushion and quite a snug bower is thus provided for those charming couples who practice the all too true saying, "Two's company; three's a crowd." There is a deck all around the cabin house and cockpit. At the narrowest place this is 7 inches, and at the widest, 16 inches. Therefore, one can move forward without climbing through the pilot windows.
The cabin is arranged for day cruising rather than extended voyaging. After all, few of us have the time to go far abroad in small boats and for this reason the layout does not include a proper galley. There is a separate toilet room as indicated fitted with water closet. There is room enough for a folding lavatory if this fitting is desired. The headroom in the cabin is 4 feet 8 inches. Enough for so small a cruiser as this Hope of ours.
The lines were laid out for a speed of 17 real miles an hour using a motor of equal power and weight to the Gray four-forty. The motor is installed in the cabin and is covered with a removable box. There is something to be said for a motor installed in this way. It is readily getatable, and its weight comes in the correct place for this particular design. Notice the shaft angle is moderate, a consideration worth while from many standpoints.
Plans for Hope are $100






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