” Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… Freedom. ”
When looking at sail boats, There are two designs that stick in my head.
Even after all the others. Camp Sailers both, I have one main gripe about both.
The cabins are designed for midgets. I do like square boats of the Scow design.
And I get birdwatcher type cabins. But, these boats have tons of potential.
There is a bunch of room in a boat after you square off the round parts
Now the T-16 needs a smidgen of rocker on her hull to be more of my kind of boat.
I don’t like the rudder of the T-16 or the lack of an engine well for placement
of a kicker motor.
The cabin is too short and to narrow for my tastes. Both boats could benefit
if a cut water were added to the bow.
Hapscut’s cabin is to short for me height wise and could stand to be longer.
I would move the lee boards of Hapscut forward into the first third of the hull also.
Actually right at the one third mark. I like the aft cockpit of the Hapscut and I
have no issue with the rocker of the design. The rocker would help get a grounded boat
back afloat as well add some speed to her hull.
What I’m seeing here is room for another better boat that uses the best parts of both
designs making it a Trilo-Cut Haps-Byte, 16-18 foot X 7 foot, with Trilobyte type lee boards.
I would keep a 8 foot bird watcher type cabin with head room for a seated 6′ 4″ individual
at the gunnels. Small aft cockpit with self draining motor well and increase the wetted surface
area of the Hapscut type rudder by another third. A Damn near perfect camp sailer, if you ask me.
I wonder if I can get one done before the Pittsburgh Regatta in July.
PS. One of the things that get me going is that most boat plans are requiring the minimum of plywood
in their designs. I would go up a thickness of any wood boat plan out there. IE: 1/4ths gets 3/8ths,
3/8ths gets 1/2 ect…
PPS, This would be a tweener boat for me, as the camp sailer would be a rough boat for full time live aboard.
Hapscut, Sailboat, 18′ X 6.5′, 450 POUNDS EMPTY
Length: 15 ft 6 in Sheet Dimensions make for Super-quick Build Time
Beam Hull: 4 ft ½ in
4 ft 8 in
Draft Board Up: 3 to 6 in
to 3 ft Heeled with Board Extended
Displacement @ 3″ WL: 650 lbs Same Beam Displacements in a knockdown
Displacement @ 6″ WL: 1400 lbs
Weight Empty: 425 lbs
Cabin Length: 7 ft 10 in
4 ft Sleeps Two, Side by Side
3 ft 4½ in Under Deck, More in Gangway
Waterline: Upright (6″ Draft):
Heeled (6″ Draft):
14 ft Develops ‘V’-Bottom
Hull Speed Upright: 4 Knots 1.112 (Theoretical)
4.5 Knots 1.214 (Theoretical)
Rowing Speed Steady: 3+ Knots One or Two Persons, Calm Water
4+ Knots Two Persons Only
Sail Area: 84 sq ft Reportedly 40% More Efficient Than Jib-Headed Sails
Just something to think on , Dragon Out.