An V-Bottom Keel Cruising Sloop
By William & John Atkin
A Little Lady
There is a lot to be said for very little boats of all types, if these are wholesome craft and designed for cruising -- cruising and poking around the shore lines of rivers, lakes and the sea. Abroad there is a movement afoot, or should I rather say, "afloat," to take up in a serious way the use of camping-cruisers and the pleasant pastime of spending week-ends in open boats fitted with canvas covers for protection against the elements or carrying camping gear to be set up ashore. These little boats will be propelled with oars, outboard motors, or sails, and some have light shelter cabins as permanent fixtures. And so, Shipmates, with a watery eye on the above, then, let's for the moment improve the time in contemplation with the designs of Nanny-Gay -- a guiding star and a promise of wonderful days afloat in a very little boat.
Her over all length is 18 feet 9 inches, load water line 17 feet, breadth 7 feet 6 inches, and draft 2 feet 3 1/2 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 2 feet 11 1/2 inches, least freeboard 1 foot 10 inches, at the stern 2 feet 1 1/2 inches. The ballast outside is lead, 440 pounds, and inside for trimming purposes, 150 pounds. Rigged as a gaff-head sloop the sail area is 207.5 square feet. The mainsail spreads 160 square feet; the jib 47.5 square feet, a sea-going rig as handy as a gimlet and as practical as can be. All the spars are solid, no sail slides to jamb, no battens to break, no continuous flutter at the head as there always is with the narrowing head of a Marconi mainsail. There is much to be said for the old-fashioned gaff-head sail plan.
Nanny-Gay's deck plan shows a rounded fore end trunk cabin, decks which are of sufficient area to safely walk over and a comfortable cockpit 4 feet 2 1/2 inches long by nearly 5 feet wide with side seats set well down in the boat. There are lockers under the seats. The cockpit is not self-draining and in so small a craft for coastwise cruising will prove entirely satisfactory as designed.
The cabin is simplicity itself -- a long and wide companionway leads below, there is a seat to starboard, locker opposite, then two 6 foot bunks, and a low bulkhead forward. Lockers are shown beneath the bunks. Forward of the low bulkhead provides room for spare gear, anchor, lines; and other miscellaneous things always needed aboard a boat. The headroom under the house top carlins is 3 feet 10 inches while under the sliding hatch this is 4 feet 2 inches.
Plans for Nanny-Gay are $100




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