Heavy displacement multi-chine sailing vessels
range from 34’ to 75’ in length. These are very fine stable passagemaking
schooners. In common, the forward and after cabins are separated by the engine
room, which leaves a good bridge deck. Only one utilized the raised after
deck, and she is the 53-footer. It was found very inconvenient and never used
again, reverting back to a standard cabin trunk with steering from aft rather
than at the mizzenmast. All together, this is a very handy arrangement.
smallest is TAMARACK at 34’. This is an excellent vessel for two persons on
an extended cruise with accommodations for a couple of guests. All of these
vessels have been built in steel.
next size up is DOXY at 38’. I built the first one in aluminum alloy.
Several others have been built in this material; however, all the rest have
been built in steel. She has about 50% more cubic room than TAMARACK, so
became more popular due to the increased comfort offered.She costs quite a bit more to build.
POINT at 45’ on deck is the next larger size in this family.I built the original and, per owner request, rigged her as a gaff
ketch, although her original design was that of a gaff schooner. One, known as
DOWN NORTH, was built as a brigantine. When size of this family increased
beyond this, it was prudent to add another mast as these are heavy
POINT’s displacement being 51,000#, SULTANA’s was 70,000# for just a 7’
increase in length.SULTANA at 52’(shown above) has been a very popular design. Some are used as
yachts; others were set up for commercial diving; several have been used as
freight schooners for long hauling. They all enjoy a magnificent reputation
for their seakindliness and, surprisingly, for their speed under sail and the
power to carry their rig in heavy weather. Several have been built by their
owners, and I consider it the largest size feasible for an owner/builder.
this size, these vessels become so large in displacement that a crew of two is
fairly well exhausted and, in my opinion, are only suitable for commercial
SULTANA, I was hired to do sailing
acceptance trials for a new owner. Once we were clear of the channel and
shipping, I informed the would-be purchasers that we had just lost the rudder
and proceeded, for the next four hours, to sail her on all points of sailing.
Tacking, wearing, you-name-it, it was all done without the use of the rudder.
During this time, I was doing all the sailing without additional help. After
they were satisfied that the vessel really did sail and sail well and was
well-balanced, I suggested that we return to port, whereupon they asked how it
could be done.I said that we
could just turn on the engine to get through the bridge.They asked how that could be done without a rudder.I stated that we did have a rudder but I just wanted to prove that a
sailing vessel could be worked without using the rudder.
DOXY and TAMARACK hulls have also used the Chinese lug rig.None of the others have used this rig.All sizes are also available as round bottom metal construction.