Plain Jane
A 22' V-Bottom Utility Runabout
By William & John Atkin
A Fast 22-Foot V-Bottom Utility
This latest design for MoToR BoatinG is our 770th and is of a type properly described as a V-bottom utility. This is a desirable kind of small craft for numerous purposes -- fishing in any of its branches, livery service, day sailing, cruising-camping, work around a yacht club, etc. While essentially a small craft in overall dimensions. Plain Jane is a wholesome, burdensome packet, much larger in capacity than indicated by her dimensions.
Looking at the plans one finds she is 22' in overall length, 21' waterline length, 7' 6" in breadth, and 1' 10" draft beneath the propeller. The draft of the hull is 1' 3 1/2". At the stem the freeboard is 3' 3", the least freeboard is 2' 1 3/4", while at the stern the height above the waterline is 2' 3 5/8". It may be interesting to mention that the depth from the inside of the keel at station 6 to the line of the sheer is 3' 2 1/2".
It will be noticed the stern is somewhat less broad than current practice dictates. This is a feature which contributes a great deal to the performance in rough water of a boat of this kind and will be especially appreciated when running down wind and down sea. You who may build Plain Jane will find she is an exceptionally able seaboat; a fast one, safe, dry and, in any kind of weather, unusually well behaved as a boat of her type should be. The motor shown in the plans is a Gray Express 140 developing 55 hp at 3,000 rpm. The speed expected will be close to 21 mph. Universal, Palmer, Red Wing, Lathrop, and other companies make motors of similar power and type -- all first-class and perfectly suited for powering the subject of this article.
For many good reasons Plain Jane should be finished from keel to windbreak with paint; honest long-lasting paint. My choice of color is (with a view to lasting qualities) fisherman's green for the topsides; for the deck, coamings, windbreak-frame select a tannish-buff; for the cockpit furniture and floor use a slightly darker shade buff. The boot top should be white; broad with its top edge swept in a long curving line. The bottom should be given one coat of thinned red lead, then two coats of anti-fouling compound. There is a lot to be said for an all-painted boat. And, if painted, how practical and shipshape Plain Jane will be.
Plans for Plain Jane are $100




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