husky cutter from the boards of A.M. Deering of Chicago is under construction
at the new plant of the Shepherd Boat Building Company at Niagara-on-the-lake
for a Canadian yachtsman who expects to use her on fresh water this
She is 52 feet overall, 43 feet on the water, has a beam of 14'7" and
draws 6'4". Displacement is 26.5 tons, with 20,000 pounds outside ballast.
Power is supplied by a Gray diesel, the 3-cylinder model turning up
82 hp. She carries 1300 square feet of working canvas. Fuel capacity
is 800 gallons and she has fresh water tanks to hold 200 gallons.
The rig, using double headsails with everything inboard, is conventional
and should be easy to handle. At first glance it looks a bit high, but
the aspect ratio of about 2.25 is well within established practice and
the sail area is not excessive. She has a reasonable beam and will undoubtedly
treat her crew well.
The two features of the design that first strike the observer, aside
from her double ended lines, are the use of port holes as well as a
cabin trunk and the unusually high coaming. This is raised, with a gateway
on each side for access to the deck. It isn't hard to imagine circumstances
when this would be more than comfortable. It also provides a great safety
factor over the design which leaves a flush deck steering position unprotected.
(remember the Hamrah ?)
The doghouse is larger than usual, and the layout below decks is remarkable
for its completeness, with two staterooms, tow washrooms and a roomy
galley, Complete crew's quarters are forward. This is a good deal more
than you'd expect to find on the usual 52 footer.
She looks like a fine design for the man who wants liveable quarters
and ample accommodations on a sailing craft.