Little Ranger
A 42' 8 1/2" Double-Ended Ketch
By William Atkin
An Offshore Ketch
Little Ranger is a wholesome fast and able auxiliary designed for cruising, and for ocean racing. Under any racing rule she will be well rated. No effort has been made to cheat the rules; rather every effort has been made to produce a useful and comfortable smart sailing cruising yacht. After all, rules come and go; there really is little point in producing a boat that will be out-moded. And little satisfaction in producing a rule beater.

Anyway here is Little Ranger. A ketch rigged auxiliary 42 feet 8 1/2 inches over all; 38 feet on the water line; 11 feet 2 1/2 inches beam; 5 feet 2 inches draft. Freeboard at the bow is 4 feet 4 inches and at the stern 3 feet 1 inch. The displacement is 32,000 pounds. Ballast on the keel is 9,100 pounds, and 3,500 pounds inside. The sail area is 803 square feet carried in three units; main, 419 square feet; mizzen, 192 square feet; jib, 192 square feet. Light sails will be required if the boat is to be raced.

The deck shows a long low house with bridge deck and cockpit; the latter is 6 feet 11 inches long by 6 feet 7 inches wide. The deck house is 5 feet 8 inches wide. There is a seat each side of the cockpit. The cockpit floor extends the full width of the hull and from the bridge deck to the inside of the stern, and, of course, is self bailing. There is a big hatch over the lazarette and excellent room here for the stowage of gear of one sort and another; The forward deck house is small but it, gives full headroom between the berths in the forward cabin, and also supplies ventilation and light.

The cabin is arranged for the comfort and convenience of four persons. The galley is aft, 5 feet 4 inches long and the width of the boat. Stove, sink, wash tray, dish lockers, and food lockers are on the port hand while a chart table with large ice box and lockers are on the starboard side. Headroom under the beams is 6 feet. There is a wide opening under the bridge deck giving access to the motor and its equipment. A storage bin is built under the bridge deck on one hand, leaving the opposite side clear for a full sized pipe berth. The main cabin is 8 feet 7 inches long. A bureau 2 feet long fitted with mirror and drawers is built in, and an equal size hanging locker. The berths are of the box type and when folded form backs for the two sofas. The distance between the sofas is 3 feet 11 inches which is indicative of the room below. The toilet room is 3 feet 6 inches long and 2 feet 9 inches wide; fitted with the usual fixtures and supplied in addition with a bank of shelves under the side deck. Headroom in the toilet room is 6 feet in the clear. A large hanging locker stands opposite to the toilet room. The forward cabin has two built in berths, and roomy hanging space. Under the forward deck house there is 5 feet 9 inches of headroom. There is a double chain locker, big locker for sails, and lockers under the berths for supplies and spare gear.

The lines show a fine lined double-end model of rather shoal draft, firm bilges, and long flat buttocks. The keel is moulded into the planking eliminating every suggestion of an angle. There is ample drag along the keel and enough depth of forefoot to hold her bow from falling off. The design is a development of several of my best double-enders and improved in many features. Who ever builds Little Ranger will have an auxiliary of worth and character.

The motor should be of the medium speed type and of approximately 20 h.p. The hull will propel easily up to a speed of 7 miles an hour. The propeller is in the center of the deadwood and the flywheel end of the motor is offset 6 inches to port hand of the center line. It is interesting to note, too, that the propeller shaft is parallel to the water line.

Plans for Little Ranger are $400




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