Peggy Ann
A 30' 2" V-Bottom Cruiser
By William Atkin
A 30-Foot V-Bottom Cruiser
This 30-footer offers a lot to the man whose requirements call for an inexpensive, wholesome, and comfortable boat. It fills a useful place in the list of the many designs that have been published in MoToR BoatinG, large enough to be roomy inside and out, but not too big to be easily managed single-handed. The dimensions of this new member of the family are: length over all 30 feet, 2 inches; length water line, 29 feet; breadth, 9 feet, 4 inches; and draft, 2 feet, 3 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 4 feet, 6 inches, and at the stern, 3 feet, 4 inches. The displacement is a little on the light side so do not add to construction weights above those given on the plans.
The cockpit is 9 feet long by 6 feet, 9 inches wide. The cockpit is, of course, of the self-draining type; the floor is 17 inches above the water line. There is a seat across the after end of the cockpit and under this the gasoline tank. The pilot house top as shown and fitted with khaki side curtains provides ample protection against bad weather; and leaves part of the cockpit open to the sun. Good practice, this. There is a big storage space under the after deck, readily accessible through the after hatch. The steering wheel is mounted on a mahogany wheel box with motor throttle, instrument board, and clutch controls handy. There is plenty of width to the side decks, approximately 14 inches, and a low cleating the full length of the boat to prevent slipping overboard.
The cabin is laid out for the comfortable accommodation of two, or four if pullman berths are fitted. These will form the back cushions for the two berths shown on the plans. The toilet room is 3 feet, 6 inches long by 2 feet, 3 inches wide and is fitted with the usual water closet, corner wash basin; and with a very useful locker, a nice place for linen and bath room supplies. There is six feet of headroom throughout the cabin. The galley is opposite the toilet room and outfitted in the present mode; alcohol or tanked gas stove. Ample lockers are included in the layout. Two full length and width berths dominate the main cabin. Under these are lockers. Chests of drawers and hanging lockers are built into the forward end of this cabin supplying generous room for clothes and equipment. The space under the forward deck is given to storage space, and locker for anchor cables.
The lines show a body plan having straight sections, excepting for the reverse curve close to the keel in the after sections, and curved sections above the chine lines. The V bottom hull form has certain advantages for amateur building, not least of which is the practicability of building the boat without the use of a steam box; a piece of boatbuilding equipment few amateur builders are likely to have. Professional boat builders never agree as to which is the easier to build, the round or V bottom model. They are likely to favor the model they like best and about which they know most. Which is very good sense any way one looks at it. Undoubtedly the V bottom model is very good for seagoing and at the same time an easily propelled model. It will not take a lot of power to urge Peggy Ann along at 14 miles an hour; a motor of approximately 260 cubic inches cylinder displacement like the Universal Cruiser Six, 60 h.p. at about 2,000 r.p.m. Gray, Kermath, Red Wing, and the other motor manufacturers catalogue motors of correct characteristics for this particular cruiser. Fifteen miles an hour is the critical speed for Peggy Ann, so do not over power.
Plans for Peggy Ann are $100




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