family is not one hull type carried through different lengths, but 8 or 9
different hull types having the commonality that they are all designed for
long ocean passages, obtaining2200
or more nautical miles at their service speed without refueling.
54’ single chine V bottom troller shown is the largest of this
group, and the smallest is 12 meters or 39’.
member of this family is a multi-chine
or round bottom fantailed type of fishingvessel,
the smallest of which is 11.9 meters (39’). She has a range of approximately
2400 nautical miles and a service speed of 6.6 knots with a fuel capacity of
450 gallons. Her beam is 3.9 meters (12’9”). The upper limit for this type
of hull would be around 70’.
ocean-going dory is another member of this family. They range in
size from 33’ to 52’ over the rails. The larger one is the most popular.
She has a beam of 14’, a service speed of 7.4 knots for almost 2800 miles on
468 gallons of fuel, and she is flat bottom.This is the least expensive hull to construct for her size. The
construction time is a fraction of the time necessary to construct any of the
other hulls in this family of ocean cruising motor vessels.
member of the family is my ship hull.
This a single chine V bottom hull with a raked stem, and the size range is
from 45’ to 90’. For example, on the 15.7 meter (51’6”) hull, she has
a 3.52 meter (11’6”) beam, a service speed of 7.75 knots, and on 500
gallons of fuel has a range of 3100 miles. The smaller hulls have 4.5 beams to
the length, and on the largest of the hulls this drops down to 5.0 beams to
the length. The three vessels above where the service speed is given have one
other common feature, and that is their displacement is 11 tons.
Double-ended trawlers are also members of this family, ranging from 26’
to 70’ in length. They are round bottom or multi-chine steel hulls. The
26-footer accommodates two in the minimum of comfort, but with all the
necessities of life.It is not
until 11 meters or about 36’ is reached where reasonable comfort is
available for long voyages. At this length, one has a sleeping cabin with
water closet separated from the saloon and galley by the engine room. The
saloon is large enough to permit berthing for short-term guests. This size
vessel is large enough for a couple to consider as a permanent home afloat.
From 42’ and up, it is possible to accommodate four persons in comfort.
seems to be a trend today of having more and more persons aboard for ocean
passages. In my own instance, Jean and I do the passages and think nothing
about it. These ocean voyaging vessels are all fitted out with an autopilot,
which is the same as having four more in the crew without having to feed them
or put up with their tantrums. Should the autopilot fail, both of us have done
enough wheel watches that it would not bother us. It is not the end of the
world as some would have us believe.
information on all of the vessels in this family, with profiles and some
photographs, can be found in COASTWISE AND OFFSHORE CRUISING WRINKLES. A
chapter is devoted entirely to ocean voyaging motor vessels.
I had to pick a particular vessel in this family as ideal, it would be
impossible, for all of them have the same capabilities; they are all seakindly;
most are based on successful commercial fishing vessels of my design; and all
have positive righting at 90° or more.