A 22' 4" V-bottom Runabout
By William & John Atkin
A Modern Inboard Runabout
Small, fast inboard runabouts have always been popular among many folk that look to the water for recreation. If properly designed, here is a craft which has the ability to withstand rough water in safety and with reasonable comfort. The design this month features a boat of this kind. It shows a neat little packet of V-bottom model radiant in the motif of tomorrow; a spicy little one 22 feet 4 inches over all, 20 feet on the water line, 7 feet 8 inches in breadth, and 1 foot 9 inches in draft. The freeboard at the bow is 3 feet 1 1/2 inches while at the stem it is 2 feet 4 3/8 inches and has, in keeping with the dash of today, a forward raking stem accentuated by a perfectly straight sheer line; the stern stands with true nautical rake and carries across the deck edge over-laps, which might well be termed modern quarter galleries. These over-laps terminate the two tone color decor which breaks into the sheer line at station 4.
The deck arrangement and profile depicts a forward-looking style of small craft design. There is a single cockpit somewhat abaft amidships fitted with a single seat extending the full breadth of the cockpit, a matter of 4 feet 10 inches providing comfortable seating room for three persons, with room to spare. The top of the seat cushion is well down in the boat which gives those aboard a comfortable feeling of security. Following the pattern of the automobile, the steering wheel is placed to the left with clutch, controls, instrument panel, etc. I, personally, would not suggest an upholstered instrument panel, but understand there is a chance of one being marketed; such are the dictates of fashion.
The windshield will be of the wrap-around type glazed with aircraft plexiglass and framed in sparkling molding. This could be a difficult bit of work for the backyard boat'ibuilder, however, by good fortune, it is obtainable from several marine hardware concerns as a standard piece of marine equipment. As shown in the profile, inverted slash air scoops provide ventilation for the motor compartment, one of these each side the boat slightly below the sheer line.
For the power plant of Bebop the designers have specified a Gray-Marine Phantom Six 112 motor. This is a six-cylinder engine of 226 cubic inch cylinder displacement and, turning at 3,600 rpm, it will develop 112 hp. At top revolutions the speed of the little flyer should be a good 35 mph. The performance of this latest member of MoToR BoatinG's large family of boats will be excellent. She will have the ability to move fast in rough water as well as in calm. She has generous flare from stem to stern which, when coupled with plenty of freeboard, assures a dry and stable boat. The three forward sections have flam, a design feature that contributes much to her behavior.
Plans for Bebop are $100




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