A 26' V-Bottom Day Cruiser
By William & John Atkin
The Day Cruiser Tang
Here is a boat that is straightforward, simple in form, and shipshape. All difficult-to-build and rounding surfaces and corners are eliminated, but despite this the little boat is good to look at, up-to-date and functional. It always seems to me that a boat should look like a boat first, and that hull, deck, deckhouses, standing top, etc. should remain in keeping with the form of the hull which after all is the foundation upon which the rest of the design rests. And like a well dressed man have shoes to match his pants, coat to blend with pants, and hat to fit his coat; I have seen boats that look like men wearing sneaks, khaki pants, morning coats, no neckties, and baseball caps. It is easy to redress the men, a bit impossible to do much with the boats.

Tang has a small trunk cabin and a nice big cockpit, the latter being 10 feet 2 inches long and 6 feet wide. The cockpit floor is self-draining. A cushioned seat extends across the after end, a seat for the helmsman is in forward end. There is a bridge deck over the motor. Tang steers with a side lever; however there is no objection to installing a steering wheel if this is preferred. The advantage of the lever is that it takes up little room, is cheap, and very simple and easy to install.

The boat is not for cruising and the cabin has only a water closet and two narrow bunks with small locker beside the cabin steps. A water tank is not shown; it may be better to carry water on week-ends in a stone crock or jars. By way of passing, there is 5 feet 3 inches headroom under the cabin top beams.

Tang is 26 feet in overall length; 25 feet on the water line; 7 feet 8 inches in breadth; and draws 2 feet of water. She is of V-bottom model having straight sections both above and below the chine line. The freeboard at the bow is 4 feet, and at the stern 2 feet 10 1/2 inches. The keel extends in straight line to station 10 which makes a better handling boat in rough water, and makes the boat easier to move around when out of water, to say nothing of greater strength, and weight where it is most needed. In a boat of moderate speed the increased wetted surface of the keel and deadwood have little effect on the speed, and a lot in the steady performance of the boat while underway.
Tang is somewhat narrower than recent practice shows in small cruising boats and will therefore be faster with less power. A good four-cylinder motor of approximately 140 cubic inch cylinder displacement and pulling about 35 h.p. at 2,200 r.p.m. will be ample for a speed of 15 mile an hour. I would put in about 800 pounds of inside ballast. Most motor boats are better for a little ballast.
Plans for Tang are $100






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