Liza Jane
A 19' 8" V-Bottomed Steel Knockabout
By William Atkin
In 1942, my father prepared the design of this 17-foot 6-inch (waterline length) welded-steel cruiser. I've named her Liza Jane at the suggestion of my friend Ed Rogers, who owned a particularly burdensome and wholesome sloop by that name.
The James F. Lincoln Are Welding Foundation at Cleveland, Ohio, sponsored a design competition that -- along with many applications of welding -- included watercraft. My father was awarded first prize in this division and received a check for $1,500! He used this godsend, as I recall, toward the construction of Anchordown, our studio/dwelling here in Noroton, Connecticut.
Billy Atkin estimated that, including her fastenings, there are approximately 3,495 individual pieces in a wood hull of the nature of Liza Jane and a total of only 48 pieces in a steel version. "The above tabulation concerns the hull only, with rudder. However, the interior fitting and rig in either wood or steel hulls will require about the same materials and time to complete."
The topsides of Liza Jane are made from 12-gauge steel plate, and the sides may be a single piece. Bottom plating is also 12-gauge steel plate. As mentioned there are no frames. The 1,200 pounds of inside ballast is cement that is loaded with boiler punchings or scrap pieces of plate. As described by my father: "The cabin is designed for two, and has everything needed for comfortable living and sailing. Provision is made for installation of a pump water closet if this is needed. One cannot expect full headroom in a small boat like this, and so long as there is full sitting headroom, the cabin will be found to be snug and comfortable."
Plans for Liza Jane are $100




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