New low-power skiff sketches and model drawings

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New sketch for 470

Low-power skiff, at 24 Oct 2009

Working on the low-power skiff I’m drawing for my friend (who wisely chooses to be anonymous) today: 15ft 4in by 4ft 8in, intended for 4-5hp.

Please let me know if your interested using the comment link below, or even if you can see some fatal flaw before it’s too late!!! Be aware that this isn’t meant to be a planing hull – at this power (specified by my ‘customer’) a semi-planing hull form seems a more sensible option. It was his low-power specification that has made the project interesting, and worth the several days I’ve spent on it – I think we need more designs to be created specifically to meet the needs of the expensive oil era.

It would be great if a few builders were to make use of the plans once they are complete. For now however, we have the wherewithal to make a model – which will hopefully keep some of you interested.

The drawings to make a model of this little skiff are in the pdf files below:

Model parts skiff part 1 200910

Model parts skiff part 2 200910

The main frames – frames nos 1,2 and 3 align with the lines marked on the chines. The positions of all other framing, seating and decking components are defined by cut-outs on the main frames, fore and aft lengths of thwartsm decking and chine line.

Full-size plans are to follow. I’m thinking about a small cuddy or shelter, btw.

See the latest posts on this project.

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More Ninigret photos from Tiernan Roe

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Ninigret built recently by Irish boat builder Tiernan Roe. Click on the thumbnails for larger photos

These photos of the John Atkin-designed Ninigret recently built by Tiernan Roe show something of her lines developed for low power, and some nice details.

The Ninigret is an easily-driven 22ft design originally intended for fishing in the rough waters of Block Island.

Click here for earlier posts on Tiernan’s Ninigret project including building photos, and a shot of her on the water, and don’t miss Tiernan Roe’s weblog.

Thanks for the photos Tiernan!

There are more photos and articles, and some background about the Ninigret written by John Atkin at the Atkin & Co website.

William Atkin and his son John drew a great many designs over two long careers; two of William’s that have appeared at recently are the Matthews Sailer and Vintage.

If you’re developing a real interest in their work, though, the place to go is the forum Yahoogroup atkinboats.

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