In Reply to: cartop passagemaker posted by captainlarry on October 13, 2002 at 13:52:12:
Well Captâ€™n, after searching the SBF library a few small boats might be suggested. Your criteria that the boat be car topped onto the Jeep limits length but glad to see the 16â€™ Lowe would be considered - not a short boat or a terrible light for that matter - so that gives us some â€˜latitudeâ€™â€¦ The above is â€œWIDEAWAKEâ€ a modified dory from the board of William and John Akin. She is suitable for plywood/glass/epoxy saturated construction. LOA 13â€™4â€, Beam 4â€™4â€, Boat Weight under 100lbs, she can be rowed or powered with a 2 to 5 hp outboard. With her 1â€™ 11â€™ freeboard at the bow and a draft -- with gear and motor maybe 6â€-- she would scoot along most any shore, and bring you home, with style and safety. Plans can be obtained from Atkin & Co see http://www.by-the-sea.com/atkin&co for plans address.
www.pygmyboats.com has a nifty Wine Glass Wherry, LOA 14â€™ Beam 4â€™ Hull Depth 16â€ Boat Weight 90lbs. She can be sailed, used with a small outboard motor and has a reputation for speed under oar power. This vessel has actually made a number of long arduous passages with full camping gear. See the Bowron Lakes Expedition story on the Pygmy Boats site.
Another 15â€™ vessel that has â€˜passage makerâ€™ qualities is the Bay River Skiff found at www.bandbyachtdesign.com This vessel is probably about as heavy as the Lowe 16 but far more versatile. She has made the two-week 140 mile trip from La Paz Mexico north to Puerto Escondido carrying 30+ gallons of water, camping gear, food, a 3.5hp outboard w/gas and managed a 35mph gale! Click the link â€˜Cruising Baja on a Bay River Skiffâ€™ on the B&B site.
Yes, none of these boat proposed here are available from your local â€˜boat storeâ€™ -- but they may be available in a near local classified ad somewhere and are well worth either building, having them built or building them yourself.
Oh, how about Campanoe.com for the idea of using 2 square stern Osage 15 canoes in tandem as an on the water cruiser camper?
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