Marissa & Katie
Oct 2009 Ben's note:
Basic dimensions: 15'0" loa, 13'7" lod, 5'3" beam,
12"/3' draft with center board up/down, sail area 75 sq.ft., trailering weight 600 lbs.
Gunter/cat rig, tanbark mainsail by leading Vermont sailmaker. Custom fitted
winter cover and cockpit cover, 1 HP electric inboard, 2 deep cycle 100 Amp
batteries with onboard fitted charger, all docklines, fenders, Bruce anchor
on bowsprit, two picnic coolers in fitted locker, weighted centreboard and
rudder drop plate. Perfect boat for cottage or camp.
The boat was designed by John Gardner (past curator at Mystic Seaport) and the plans are in his book "Wooden Boats to Build and Use", page 70, (13-foot 7-inch Swampscott Sailing Dory Skiff), also called "Fat Boat". The interior arrangement was modified by the builder (me) to allow for the electric motor/batteries & charger installation, as well some modification to the rudder and to the rig.
There are three watertight compartments, three forward and two aft, of sufficient total volume to float the boat if the cockpit becomes flooded. Access to these compartments is via 7 - 6" quarter-turn and screw-on standard deck plates. The three on deck are finished with mahogany covers. There is in addition at the fore end of the cockpit a 'hold' that will accommodate two small 'Igloo' coolers, with a mahogany cover.
The cockpit coaming is laminated mahogany capped with laminated ash; the seats are western red cedar, slatted, and oiled. The battery boxes and other structural parts in the cockpit are of oak, and the battery boxes have mahogany lids with brass dogs to hold them in place.
The engine room consists of 2 - 200 ah 12v batteries in boxes, one each side of the centerboard; the engine controls and on-board charger are in the space directly aft of the cockpit behind louvered locker doors, between the two aft watertight compartments. The approximately 3/4 hp/55 lbs. thrust electric motor is immersed and fitted within its own skeg. Access to the wiring and controls is via a larger mahogany sliding hatch on the after deck.
Wiring from the batteries to the control unit and charger runs in 3/4" plastic pipes p&s with watertight fittings where they pass through the main aft bulkhead, all out of sight but accessible under the seats.
Standing and running rigging and some mast and boom fittings follows the plans for 'Marisol' (see Woodenboat Publications) and uses deadeyes and three-strand dacron for the shrouds and forestay rather than wire and turnbuckles. There is a stainless highfield lever on the forestay; deck cleats and rigging fittings come mostly from Bristol Bronze and are pretty snazzy, not to say pricey to boot.
Interior view Interior close-up
Interior forward Afterdeck
Charger Early Interior
Minnkota control tabernacle
Motor & Rudder Motor & Rudder
Rudder in the shop Custom cover
Full view with sail