Tide's End
A 24' Canoe-Stern Knockabout
By William & John Atkin
A Double-End Knockabout
The over all length of Tide's End is exactly 24 feet. The little knockabout has a water line length of 19 feet 6 inches, a breadth of 7 feet 6 inches, and a draft of 3 feet 6 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 3 feet; at the lowest place in the sheer, 1 foot 10 inches; at the stern 2 feet 3 inches. The displacement is 6,600 pounds; ballast on keel, 1,500 pounds; inside ballast, 500 pounds; and sail area, 244 square feet. Thus is epitomized what one might well term the slide rule-cold, mechanical characteristics of this latest of MoToR BoatinG's steadily expanding fleet of practicable auxiliaries, motor boats and sailing boats. There is, however, far more friendly warmth in the design than ever can be produced by instruments and figures. And, if I may say so, far more worthiness. I am quite convinced that if, unknown to the scientists, some warmth and compassion could be mixed with the calibrations of the slide rule the manipulators would have an even chance of producing friendship, truth and love rather than the seering blast, hate, fear and pain of unleashed nuclear destruction. A great deal more art with far less employment of the slide rule looks to me to be something most of us will be the better for. And this applies to everything made as well as boats.
The deck plan shows a long cockpit with comfortable seating room for six or seven persons, a small trunk over the cuddy and ample foot room forward, aft, and in the waists for handling the boat. Both main and staysail halyards lead to the cockpit making it possible to set sail without going forward. The staysail sheets also lead to the cockpit. The staysail carries a boom and is sheeted aft, obviating the necessity of retrimming the head sail when coming about, a process that would be necessary if the staysail was of the over-lapping variety. Tide's End was designed primarily for use as a day sailer for a friend living on the Pacific, William A. Meyer, Jr., Sacramento, California, and Mr. Meyer is confident that the little knockabout is a size and type ideal for production as a wholesome one-design class, which indeed it is.
The cabin, or cuddy, is fitted with a small ice box and a work table, the latter having a water tank beneath. There is a wide seat or bunk, most of which extends well under the forward deck, however, the after end of the bunk provides room for a water closet of minimum size.
The motor specified is a Universal Atomic Four, direct drive. I would not advise a motor of more power than the one indicated on the plans. The propeller shaft angle is only a few degrees out of level, a worthwhile feature in any kind of boat.
Plans for Tide's End are $100
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