Re: Rescue Minor
The little 3 cyl., 20 hp. Kubota (D722N) in my boat runs real well
and is quiet and doesn't vibrate bad or smoke at all. Things have
changed with the small Diesel engines since Atkin's (and my) day.
The Rescue Minor's machinery weighs less than 175# set up like I
described in an endless series of articles in "Messing about in
Boats." I think the Little Effort might need a little more hp. to do
what the Atkins said but you could go up to the next size and still
be under the weight they specified. If you propped it right, the
D722N would be fine... just a little slower but very economical. I
understand that my engine is the same one that is "marinized" by
Universal as a replacement for the old Atomic 4.
In flat bottomed boats, the engine has to be inclined a good little
bit more than if it could sit down in the bilge of a deeper hull and
that might be a factor in what you could get away with. I would ask
Universal (or Kubota) what their recommendation of the maximum
angle. You might have to move the engine forward to get within their
limits. The engine in Rescue Minor sits level so I didn't have to
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "adharvey2" <cen67858@c...> wrote:
> --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "oldbingey" <bingey@r...> wrote:
> > Oldbingey, those are great pictures. Thanks for sharing them with
> Since you have some experience with the little Kubota engines, I
> wonder if you could comment on their suitability for flat bottomed
> boats like "Little Effort". John Atkins seemed to have some
> reservations about diesels in flat bottomed hulls, but I don't know
> those would still be applicable.
> Andrew Harvey
> > There are some new pictures of the boat I call "Rescue Minor" on
> > web page: www.robbwhite.com.
- I have seen 4 Resue Minors built and 3 of the builders modified Atkin's plans. All 3 of them had problems with the performance. Atkin's knew what he was doing and I would recommend that anyone build it according to the plan.I built one under Sea Island Boatworks (Mark Bayne) and we followed the plans to the "tee" The boat preformed perfectly. I would advise that everyone stick to the plans. I have a lot of Rescue Minor construction photos posted at www.morrisislandboatworks.com