Double Superbrick Scow, for the claustrophobic like me.
- First I want to point out I'm not an artist and I didn't get the
sail plan right. I also was using a simple form of an old adobe
sketch program on my wife's computer. What I did was attempt to show
a brick with a twenty or thirty foot extension grafted into the
center of a Superbrick that is like an old scow schooner. I also
would double the beam of the Superbrick to 15'. Now the Superbrick is
a nice boat but narrow. I can't use a deep draft boat where I live to
get back into all the good places on Klamath lake. I also think that
a scow is a great way to get room and still have a little speed.
PB&F already have a 28'X 9'10" but it have very little cabin space
and has lee boards. Some like lee boards and some don't I am
impartial but with the proper device to lower and raise a center
board made of 4" thick steel with angle iron welded on the leading
and trailing edge it can make your ballast very low.
I also know of a manufacturing plant in Carson Nevada that was owned
by Omohundro that will sell carbon fiber masts and spars that have
imperfections for pennies on the dollar. I bought one from the
factory in 1998. With the advent of the thin UHMW that has its own
adhesive a person could coat a carbon fiber mast so that rope or mast
rings would not harm the surface of the mast. That means if you used
light sail cloth the heeling moment would be drastically reduced.
With some battens for sail shape free standing masts can bring the
weight down even more with great performance.
I made the head sail much larger but it would perform even better
down wind. The slot effect of a larger headsail instead of twin head
sails can make the apparent wind shift down wind farther. I have
found that instead of sailing straight down wind that the big
headsail will make the boat sail faster if you use a jibing pattern
much like tacking upwind but not as deep as those who use a
symmetrical spinnaker. I know in most any air the big headsail helps
you point higher in most every boat without pinching.
Inside the boat all sheeting lines would run into the cockpit that
would sit on one side like the Illinois The Rudder is moved by cable
so you can have a big wheel. I would have lots of reefing points and
lazy jacks so my wife would not have to deal with that she could stay
in the cabin and remain warm. The centerboard case would make a nice
table base and with a fifteen foot beam a scow schooner is the
forgotten luxury cruiser. I now have collected enough appliances to
including a forced air furnace/heat pump that my wife would not mind
my Walter Mitty indulgence of running down imaginary pirates or
preparing to out flank the Spanish Armada. The small outboard puts a
dampener on daydreams but is essential for exploring the hundreds of
bays, inlets and canals on Klamath lake.
I would still keep the bed in the bow as the masters quarters unlike
many old sailing vessels but I would install a cutwater bow like the
Bolger Watervan minus the boxed keel so at anchor the pounding or
slap would be minimized. Just thoughts and I am not a naval architect
but I decided that for a houseboat I want sail, solar and propane in
that order of value. Plus a big smoker on deck to take care of the
fish I catch. I want easy but not too slow. I want camping but not
like I'm on a Carnival Cruise in one of those tiny cabins that you
can't turn around in unless your wife is in the bed or shower. I also
want a few hammocks and a hide-a-bed so people can visit but won't
get too comfortable.
I'm very sure PB&F could take all of this and make a very fine boat
that will incorporate some of the mods I made and fix my many
mistakes. It is just my idea of a perfect house boat/sailor that can
do both reasonably well.