Category Archives: Motor yachts and boats

Designs for the boat-dreaming season, part II

I’m often disappointed with the boat designs that appear in Practical Mechanics and the rest: often they look good at first glance, but I suppose the designers were not paid terribly well for their work and so often tended to leave one or two things less clear than they might.

For example, I was looking today at a fattish dory alleged to be suitable for sailing where the designer had drawn mast partners and the rest, but said nothing very clear about the rig beyond what size range it should fit within. I think that’s leaving just a little too much to chance in terms of the balance between hull and rig.

And yet designs taken from old magazines and books can be excellent. Here’s one that looks really good to me, not least because it has instant character and apparently runs fast even with a small outboard engine. My only cause for slight concern is that the claims for its weight seem implausible, but maybe it was a typing error, or applied only to the smallest version.

In the meantime dig some of the details: the windshields and aft steering position with the big spindly wheel are so sweet! Executed that way and maybe fitted with a well cared-for old outboard I think Victory could be a lot of fun.

For FREE BOAT PLANS for Victory:
http://www.svensons.com/boat/?p=RunaboutsOutboard/Victory

For more motor boats: http://intheboatshed.net/?cat=12

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Newson’s officially opens its new building, MTB 102 rolls in

Newson’s new building had its official opening a few days ago. After a morning of rain and high winds, the weather broke and the ceremony performed by Lady Anne Wake-Walker took place in brilliant sunshine.

With the ribbon cut, MTB 102 was winched into the building before an appreciative crowd of on-lookers who were then given the chance to look around the new building and the boats. http://www.newson.co.uk/news/2006-12/official-opening/

For more on MTB 102, see this site: http://www.mtb102.com/ and check the Wikipedia for more on MTBs generally http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_torpedo_boat

On the subject of Newson’s, I was struck by a handsome varnish job on an Italian speedboat built in 1966 at the Bruno Abbate yard on Lake Como, Italy. The boat, which has undergone a total refurbishment, has a 144hp American-built Ford V8 Interceptor engine. See http://www.newson.co.uk/boat/abbate-villa-deste-1966/

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