A Unique Utility Boat

The lines of Sixteen Too are identical to those of the outboard fishing boat Walter Piel and the construction is similar. However the arrangement, motor installation, deck, and appearance are very different from the latter.

On an over all length of 16 feet, Sixteen Too is an exceptionally burdensome little craft, and one in which a party of four can day-sail in safety and comfort. The principal dimensions of this latest of MoToR BoatinG's family of practical and useful boats has an over all length of 16 feet, a water line length of 14 feet 6 inches, a breadth of 5 feet 3 inches, and a draft of 1 foot 3 inches. The freeboard at the bow is 2 feet 1 inches, at the stern 1 foot 6 inches, and the least freeboard 1 foot 3 7/8 inches.

A partly decked boat has the advantage of being easily covered with a spray hood and night cover thus keeping the interior dry and free of water from spray or rain. The deck also contributes greatly to the strength of the hull and provides a safer boat in rough water. It would be a simple matter to fit water-tight bulkheads under the decks thus providing large floatation compartments. The spray hood shown is one of the old and tried melon type with three arched bows sewn into pockets, all of the bows ending each side on a common pin or trunnion projecting from the coamings. The spray cloth each side holds the hood up. Since the bows are of the same curve as the fore end of the coamings the hood will fold down on the deck. A transparent plastic window each side the hood provides vision ahead.

The lines show a V bottom model with straight sections above and below the corner of the chines, the sheer has a bold sweep which harmonizes with the overhangs at the bow and stern. The deadrise throughout the bottom sections is approximately constant, a feature which, assures (other values being equal) an easy and comfortable boat in rough water. The profile of the keel shows the deepest point amidships, the keel line forms a sweep raising nearly to the water line at the stern and at the forward end this rounds into the bottom of the stem. The topsides have much more flare than is usually found in small craft. While this makes laying the planking somewhat more difficult it produces a much drier boat and a better one in any kind of water.

Sixteen Too was not designed for speed; her chines and keel have too much curvature for this and the after sections entirely too much deadrise; but for speeds up to 10 to 11 miles an hour the model as drawn is excellent. The motor shown on the plans is a single cylinder 5 horse power unit having a cylinder displacement of 16 cubic inches. The motor is fitted with proper reverse gear and clutch and has water cooling and otherwise has the markings of things marine. At approximately 2000 r.p.m. the speed of the boat will be 8 miles an hour. I would not advise a motor in excess of 8 to 10 h. p. for the boat.