Binky--An All-Around Tender


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by Weston Farmer

Added plesure in gunning or fishing on your next cruise can be yours with this specially designed little craft. She's an excellent beginner's project.

LOA 12 FT. 6 IN., BEAM 461/4 IN., DRAFT 6 IN.

Any naval architect will tell you that a good small boat is much harder to design than a good big boat. The reason is obvious. To be good, a small boat has to meet a greater variety of compromises. She will be used more ways for more reasons than will a larger vessel. This fact has just been brought home to me. An 80-foot steel tug designed for a Canadian pulpwood outfit took less preliminary sketching time than Binky here. This will give you a clue to how much trouble it is to work out something good in the small boat line. Now a dinghy is toughest of all small boats to design. She must be dry in a sea; she must be good under oars. She must be light to tote well. So that, if her parent ship is large enough, she can be hauled aboard and snugged down. Rowing boats do not as a rule tow well. A dinghy must do all these things, and be boss of the situation if a kicker is used. Gunning and fishing and gunk-holing add much to the pleasure of using a larger boat. And the dink, like a good wife, makes a team of your whole outfit. I think this Binky design answers the correct set of prayers. Outwardly she looks like a million other skiff models. Skiff plans appear like dust in the Milky Way. Flat skiffs won’t tow well if they row well. If built of plywood they are rubbery unless lap-seamed. This boat is flat enough to tow well, enough rocker to row well and is helped by the cutaway skeg. There is a little dead rise, which is magic but critical stuff. It works wonders for boat feel only if you know how to use it.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)


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