Margery Daw
A 39' 6" Centerboard Ketch
By William Atkin
A Shoal Draft Auxiliary Ketch
Here, shipmates, is a wholesome kind of boat for cruising, for living aboard: plain and useful, Margery Daw, but withal not without character and that shipshape-ness that builds up value far beyond the money cost. Boats are among the few things that today can be designed and built at a reasonable cost and still reflect and incorporate the exact requirements to provide individuality. This is an excellent kind of auxiliary for use anywhere, and would be ideal for places like Florida waters, Chesepeake Bay, and all those many places where there is lots and lots of water for cruising; but much of it all wanting in depth.
This month's design shows a modest ended hull 39 feet 6 inches on deck; 31 feet on the water line; 11 feet in breadth; and carrying a draft of 3 feet 10 inches. This with the center board housed. With board down the draft will be 6 feet 6 inches. The freeboard to the rail is 4 feet 10 inches at the bow; 3 feet 8 inches at the stern; and 3 feet 5 inches at the lowest point of the rail. The displacement of the ketch is approximately 26,000 pounds; the lead keel weighs 8,600 pounds, and inside ballast 1,400 pounds. The sail area is 605 square feet, divided as follows: mainsail, 321 square feet; staysail, 128 square feet; mizzen, 156 square feet. The rig in being entirely inboard will be handy and simple; just right for an amateur crew of two.
The arrangement on deck shows a well forward with small deck house. The sides of the hull are raised and decked over flush for a length of 15 feet. Then the after well-deck remains 14 feet 6 inches long and spreads from rail to rail. The cockpit is 3 feet wide by 6 feet long. It is thus seen that there is a lot of room here for working the yacht and for outdoor comfort. Twin companionways give access to the cabin; one each side of the centerboard trunk. A large skylight is provided over the main cabin, and additional light and ventilation will be through the ship-windows each side and the port lights in the fore and after ends of the raised deck. There is room beneath the main boom to carry a small and light dinghy either side of the skylight, or straddling it.
Looking below the accommodations work out very well for a party of four living aboard, and for six over week ends. Double ladders lead into the galley, one each side the center board trunk. The galley is 6 feet long and despite the obstruction of the trunk is unusually large. It will be seen that the port side is given over to the stove, sink, lockers, and ice chest; the starboard side given to lockers, and shelves for various uses. The main cabin contains high made-up berths each side with extension berths below. This is an excellent arrangement in that it provides comfortable seats 18 inches wide and 6 feet 4 inches long. The high berths are out of the way and always ready for sleeping without making up as needed. Also this arrangement provides an unusual amount of stowage space. The center board is of L shape, roughly, and requires for this reason a short piece of trunk projecting above the cabin floor. By extending the trunk cap and supporting its forward end on a pipe stanchion the center member for the cabin table is made. Then with hinged leaves an excellent cabin table is available. Lockers for charts and books are fitted on the forward cabin bulkhead. The toilet room, 2 feet 1 inch long, and hanging lockers are in the fore end of the raised deck. Headroom in the cabin, galley and in the toilet room is somewhat over 6 feet. The width of the cabin floor is exceptional. The forward cabin has double built in berths, lockers, and a small bureau. Chain and rope lockers are in the fore peak. Notice especially the gratings in the cabin floor. One of these forward, the other aft. Always with these in this arrangement one being higher than the other, there will be a constant circulation of air through the bilge and through the cabin as well.
Plans for Margery Daw are $250




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