Poor Richard--A 21-Ft. Skipjack-Type Power Cruiser


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by Weston Farmer

The Chesapeake skipjack hull is more noted for economy and ease of building than for good looks, but in Poor Richard, designer Weston Farmer has turned his talent for lovely boats to producing a skipjack with yachty lines. On one basic hull you can select an arrangement of your own choice.

Benjamin Franklin's proverb boy, Poor Richard, made great virtue of economy. Since economy is her greatest virtue I have christened this skipjack hull Poor Richard. Usually if one goes to the native builders on any great regional body of water he finds a-building there boats that are perfect for local conditions. This is true of the Chesapeake, which the writer knows well. The Bay is a varied body of water, shallow in spots, narrow in some, deep at places, and is both fresh and salt. The native boat of the Chesapeake is the diamond-bottom boat, grandfather of the modern V-bottom boat, and is called locally a skipjack. Skipjacks are good in fresh- and salt-water behavior. They love a chop, are fine in a wind, and drive easily. They are, moreover, very inexpensive to build. Now any boat that Father Neptune has liked as a type for hundreds of years is bound to make a good knockabout hull on which the back-yard boatbuilder may add his own private arrangement plan. To show the versatility of the type, I’ve drawn eight adaptations on the 21-foot hull for which the basic offsets and constructions plans are given.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)


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