A 25' 7" Canoe-Stern Knockabout
By William and John Atkin
A Canoe Stern Knockabout
Since the publication of the plans of Lady Joan, a V-bottom canoe yawl in July 1942, I have been besieged with letters requesting the design of a similar cruising boat of round bilge model. My friend William P. Stephens was among the first to point out to me the advantages of the round-bilge form for a boat of this kind, followed by letters from all over the world to the same effect. And so here is Barrie; half-sister, one might say, to Lady Joan.
Barrie is of similar dimensions to Lady Joan with the exception of breadth. The former is 6 feet 6 inches wide, the latter 6 feet 5 inches wide. The displacement of Barrie is somewhat greater than her V-bottom half-sister and because of firmer bilges Barrie will have greater stability. However the two boats are so nearly alike that the yawl rig can be used on Barrie if desired, stepping the main and jigger into the newer design at the dimensions given on the plans for Lady Joan. I would not use the knockabout rig on Lady Joan. A study of the differences in the two will show Barrie to have 253 square feet of sail against 222 square feet for Lady Joan. The knockabout rig carries 183 square feet in its mainsail and 67 feet in its staysail, the latter being of the overlapping style.

The deck plan shows ample room to handle the little craft. With a deckhouse 4 feet 6 inches wide by 6 feet 3 inches long and a cockpit the same width as the cabin house, and 4 feet long, wide decks are left each side.

The cabin is arranged simply for two. It is fitted with two bunks 6 feet 2 inches long, the forward ends of these extending under the deck; there is 18 inches of width on the bunks and this should be added to for sleeping by placing hinged flaps between the bunk fronts. There is nice room for a stove, sink, icebox, and dish shelves as shown and 5 feet 2 inches headroom under the sliding hatch.

This latest of MoToR BoatinG's fleet is nearly a perfect double-ender. The after sections are slightly fuller than those forward and the deck line aft more full. Then too, the overhangs are different because of difference between freeboard at bow and stern. Barrie and other double-ender designs of this form are much unlike heavy displacement craft after the manner of Eric Jr., Eric, and Clione. In Barrie we have a light displacement hull of slim form, easy to propel and withal an excellent kind of small cruising boat. She will be well balanced, a good seagoer and comfortable. Since displacement is the factor that determines the cost of a boat she will be inexpensive to have built or to build in spare time.
Plans for Barrie are $105




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