Petrel an 18-ft Round Bottomed Centerboarder

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  • Pub No.: 5603

by Chas. D. Mower

"Petrel" is a husky, shapely 18 ft. 9 in. round-bottomed center-board knockabout well adapted to day sailing, onedesign racing in a club, or even for overnight “cruising” for a couple of hardy lads. She swings 200 square feet of sail in a simple, efficient, modern rig, making use of a hollow box spar 29 ft. long from tenon to truck, or 26 ft. from top of deck to top of mast. The hull is a powerful one, with good firm bilges and easy lines fore and aft and she should be able to show a good turn of speed. The freeboard forward is 2 ft. 4 in., and only slightly less aft. There is a roomy cockpit 6 ft. long, and the side decks are 14 in. wide aft. The center-board trunk projects slightly into the cockpit, and the trunk itself is approximately 4 ft. long. The “snoring cabin” or cuddy is long enough to allow a couple of persons to lie down inside out of the weather, and there is room enough up forward for quite a bit of storage. The thing that fixes the draft of this little boat is the rudder, which extends 1 ft. 7 in. below the waterline. The draft of the boat with the board down can never exceed 3 ft. 9 in. (as this is the radius of the swing of the board) and as a matter of fact the board would probably never have to be carried all the way down, or vertical.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

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