- I would like to ask what would be the best Atkin design to go on a
world cruise with. There will be four of us. I am looking for something
around 40-50 feet. It will be built of wood. We will be traveling in
very hot climates along the equator and will be visiting my relatives
in northern Norway. I would like space to store spares for motor,sails
ect,ect,ect.I tried to get advise on a "boat building" news group but I
was constantly told under no circumstance should I build a boat, I told
them they should shut the group down or rename it the pessimestic
bastards newsgroup. I have built two houses and several skiffs so I
have some woodworking exp. Any and all advice will be taken into
consideration. Thank You, Sam
> What would be the best Atkin design toIt depends upon the style of boat you want, and your specific needs. In
> go on a world cruise with. There will be
> four of us. I am looking for something
> around 40-50 feet.
this size range you can have lots of features not available on smaller
Do you want a sailboat with a small auxiliary engine? Or a power boat
without sails? Or a motorsailer?
It will take years to build it even if you work at it full time, unless
you have a crew of builders. Even then it will take a ton of
proficient pre-planning to get it done quickly, but perhaps you're not
concerned about how long before you set sail?
I would not limit myself to an Atkin designs either. There are only
four or five of them online. Why not consider boats from other
designers in this size range ... from a designer who is still alive to
support you with answers to your building questions?
Phil Bolger seems to garner a lot of interest in boats this size, and
you can ask him questions and get fast answers if you buy plans from
him. There is an active discussion group for Bolger boats too:
Finally, don't ignore the possibility of having the boat built for you.
I can build and deliver some boats for no more than the cost of
materials in the USA, that's how huge the price difference can be
sometimes between materials and labor in different parts of the world.
Whatever you do, best of luck in this endeavor!
- It will be a sailboat with an auxiliary engine, I looked at some
Bolger boats and my God, How ugly are they? Don't like them and don't
like there lines. Besides, I thought this was a site for Atkins
design? I know it will take a few years to build this vessel. I do
have several friends with engineering and carpentry expirence. And if
I didn't know any better, it sounds as if you were trying to solicit
some buisiness from me. Now, I would like to discuss Atkins design....
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, Kenneth Grome
> > What would be the best Atkin design to
> > go on a world cruise with. There will be
> > four of us. I am looking for something
> > around 40-50 feet.
> It depends upon the style of boat you want, and your specific
> this size range you can have lots of features not available onsmaller
> Do you want a sailboat with a small auxiliary engine? Or a power
> without sails? Or a motorsailer?unless
> It will take years to build it even if you work at it full time,
> you have a crew of builders. Even then it will take a ton ofnot
> proficient pre-planning to get it done quickly, but perhaps you're
> concerned about how long before you set sail?only
> I would not limit myself to an Atkin designs either. There are
> four or five of them online. Why not consider boats from otherto
> designers in this size range ... from a designer who is still alive
> support you with answers to your building questions?and
> Phil Bolger seems to garner a lot of interest in boats this size,
> you can ask him questions and get fast answers if you buy plansfrom
> him. There is an active discussion group for Bolger boats too:you.
> Finally, don't ignore the possibility of having the boat built for
> I can build and deliver some boats for no more than the cost ofworld.
> materials in the USA, that's how huge the price difference can be
> sometimes between materials and labor in different parts of the
> Whatever you do, best of luck in this endeavor!
> Ken Grome
> Bagacay Boatworks
> Now, I would like to discuss Atkins design....Okay let's take a look and see what they offer. These are the only
Atkin sailboat designs online that meet your criteria:
1- GUNDRED - 40' 4" Double-Ended Ketch
2- LITTLE RANGER - 42' 8 1/2" Double-Ended Ketch
3- VEGA - 44' Ketch-Rigged Motorsailer
4- MISSIE AND LAURIE - 45' Double-Ended Sharpie Sloop
The first two are virtual carbon copies of each other, differing only in
size and interior layout. The third has a different rig and transom.
The fourth is a flat bottom double-ended sharpie hull with yet another
Do you have a preference? If so, which one and why? Are any of these
boats big enough, or do you actually want something bigger? Which
would you eliminate from consideration and for what reasons?
- Great discussion topic. I agree that Gundred and Little Ranger look similar except in size and layout but a study of the water lines and diagonals will tell you that both will behave differently in the water. My humble opinion is that Gundred would be a smoother boat to cruise on but Little Ranger will definitely be faster. Both from the waterline length and the underbody shape. I am not naval architect, just a reader and studier. If I am wrong, tell me, you will only help my education. Vega has a better layout for a group of 4 people on a cruise and the raised deck would give lots of space to lounge around on. That would give you something to think about when 4 people have been side by side on a 3 week crossing of the Atlantic. Missie and Laurie is just not what floats my boat in design for a cruising boat, but I am biased.
So Samuel, good luck with the decision making and building!
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- --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Samuel" <samang2@...> wrote:
>I have built a few small boats for fun. I must warn you, when I was 10
> I would like to ask what would be the best Atkin design to go on a
> world cruise with. There will be four of us. I am looking for something
> around 40-50 feet. It will be built of wood.
years old my buddies and me built our first boat. Dang, it sank!!! We
thought wood floated. Upon seeing our failure this old timer proceeded
to explain words like Displacement and Stability. With a few
modifications our boat did float and many of us have since built
floating boats. But, I am not a Master Boat builder.
I have seen people in smaller sailboats than what you mention and they
did admit bigger would been better. I look and see 5 boats in your range.
Now we need the process of elimination. Fist consider sails. Missie
and Laurie is a Sloop one mast big sails. I would scratch this one off
my list. In my opinion a Ketch/Yawl spread out the sail area over 2
masts and you may find this more manageable. So, now you down to four
boats. Now Magpie, this a Schooner. This a nice boat, but, may be a
little hard to handle the a Ketch/Yawl. So, I would scratch this boat
off my list. Now, I/We have 3 to choose.
I like the Gaff-Rigs, the sails can be shortened easier for myself and
they look good. Also, with some thinking the sails can be designed so
you have a "Topsail" over the Main Sail. It gives it a Marconi look.
Many refer to the 3 sided or triangular sail as a Marconi Sail getting
this name for its similarity to the Radio Towers built by Guglielmo
Marconi. Marconi Sails use more stays for support. OK, lets look at
our last 3 boats. Well, that was easy, Vega has a Gaff mainsail, this
could be shorter and a Top Sail made to fit above. True, we can
probably make the other 2 boats Gaff-Rigs as well with some thought.
Now, as I said at the first, I no Master Boat builder, never built a
boat over 20 feet actually. And I not know a lot of sail design as I
just used sails that came with the bigger boats, which are Marconi
Sails. My brother has 2, one is a 24' the other 32' both day-sailers.
So, from my quick look and elimination, for "Myself" I would probably
go with the Vega. It seems to have a nice layout below with Berths in
the Stern for people and a forward berth.
Now here some more thought on my part. Resistance to Capsize. This is
a complicated math that I know nothing about, but, there is a simple
formula many have used and I use it to figure my number. What "I" have
been told, is the number should be less than "2" anything above that
number will be more vulnerable to capsizing in rough conditions. I
not sure how big a deal this would be and not a Naval Architect. I
tried to crunch the numbers and it seem to be 5+ which may be
something a person want to consider. Here how the math works.
Divide boat weight by 64 for salt water, 62.2 for fresh water (this
gives the boat volume in cubic feet). Divide the boat's beam by the
"Cubed Root" of that sum and you get your number. Now calculators not
have a cube function, or, mine does not. So, I have to Guess and work
from that as I am not a Math Whiz. Let's look at Vega for example
(Hope I understand the math).
Vega says a Displacement of 40,500 and seems like a nice cruiser.
40,500 / 64 = 632.81
Now we find the cube and I start with 8. So, 8 x 8 x 8 = 512.
9x9x9=729. So, somewhere in between is my number. 8.585 x 8.585 x
8.585 = 632.73 close enough for me. It say her Breadth is 12 feet,
sounds like beam to me. ;-) So, 12 / 8.858 = 1.35 and that looks good
to me, it less than 2. I can see Vega be a good heavy cruiser that
should hold her own in bad weather. She has a nice looking keel and
lots of Ballast. I wish we had a picture of her finished in the water,
to see how she really look.
Next thing is Ballast. I asked here about Ballast and as of now no
answer. But, Lead not cheap. Also, I not sure of subing from the
Plans. Some thoughts I have on getting Ballast Cheap. Search around
for old wood boats that ready for the Fireplace. They may have your
lead and come free for the taking with some labor. May have to
dismantle and burn the wood, but, you may have your lead.
Well, I hope this help some, I no Guru of boats, but, this how I have
narrowed my choices for something in the 30 + feet range. Good Luck!
- It me again.
I did want to tell you. I bought a book to help with building a larger
boat. I guessing it best to read and learn, before spending a lot to
build a big boat. I have built houses also and tell people, it easy to
make a $5,000 mistake. I assume boats are the same, remember my
friends and myself sunk boat? Though it was cheap enough, it required
more material after and more un-needed labor, had we done to right the
The book I have is;
The Gougeon Brothers On Boat Construction
I not say it the best and maybe others can give us some other good
books to help circumvent the $5,000 mistake. ;-)
- If I had to limit my library one book, it would be Bud McIntosh's "How
To Build A Wooden Boat".
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "snaglefriz" <samofsmith@...> wrote:
> It me again.
> I did want to tell you. I bought a book to help with building a larger
> boat. I guessing it best to read and learn, before spending a lot to
> build a big boat. I have built houses also and tell people, it easy to
> make a $5,000 mistake. I assume boats are the same, remember my
> friends and myself sunk boat? Though it was cheap enough, it required
> more material after and more un-needed labor, had we done to right the
> first time.
> The book I have is;
> The Gougeon Brothers On Boat Construction
> I not say it the best and maybe others can give us some other good
> books to help circumvent the $5,000 mistake. ;-)
- --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Lewis E. Gordon"
>That looks like a good book. I would rather spend a few bucks and read
> If I had to limit my library one book, it would be Bud McIntosh's "How
> To Build A Wooden Boat".
as it can help with choosing a good plan and doing a good work. Helps
me focus on a "Game Plan" and not forget important little things that
be hard to add later. If, I am able to build a big boat I want to do
the best work and take my time. I starting to look more at "Nutmeg"
but still open to opinions too. Thanks Lewis for the input on anther book.