Some of you may have noticed that we like to visit various boat shows, and also frequently report about the ones that we have visited here in this blog.
It is needless to say, that sailboat design has evolved a lot just during the last twenty or thirty years. When looking some of the modern boats, one can see range of small improvements and innovations. I think that many sailors know the difficulty of getting the cockpit table or the companionway hatch board out of the full cockpit locker.
This stylish world cruising design, developed in 2003, represent the state of the art in modern multihull design. Click here to add Bloomfield Multihull Sailboats to your favorites to make it easy to find again. Location: Port Townsend, Wa., USA Building plans for 26'-28' ocean-cruising STEEL sailboat? Location: Netherlands Sorry haven't seen any of those, but considering your requirements in STEEL it will be very very difficult for such a small vessel (without external ballast) to be 180 degree selfrighting. Location: Sweden Danish Rose 28 The Danish Rose 28 by Martin Bekebrede comes close you could ask him about stability details. Originally Posted by mcm 26'-28', STEEL, blue-water, ocean-cruiser, with shoal-draft centerboard, and yet possessing complete 180 degree self-righting? In an inverted position the center of gravity is now well above the water and the floating hull unstable and should go back to an even keel with a nice puff or wind or wave movement, but usually the momentum of the roll will be enough to right itself again.
As for the little cruiser; soon I am going to put pen to paper to design a little 25 - 26 steel boat - light weight steel construction blue water cruiser with very traditional lines above waterline. Originally Posted by Wynand N mcm, simply put, all ballasted sailboats will (should) right themselves.
And that's exactly what I think, but I’m still not sure if I should go with a ballasted or unballasted centerboard. I've been to your web-site several times over the past year, and I really like the work you are doing.
Originally Posted by Wynand N As for the little cruiser; soon I am going to put pen to paper to design a little 25 - 26 steel boat - light weight steel construction blue water cruiser with very traditional lines above waterline. Moreover, I don’t want the expense of custom-plans, so I looking for cheaper stock-plans.
Also, I am considering either a quarter-berth, or having a very shallow cockpit with a full berth underneath and no inboard engine, only an outboard mount on the transom. Here are some pictures of my TT24 under construction with lengthened cabin top and I changed the full keel to a naca series fine keel.
I am a member of Brent Swain?s Origami Yahoo Group, and, if Brent?s design was a centerboarder instead of a twin-keeler, I would be satisfied. I appreciate your opinion, and you certainly are not alone in that opinion, but I have read some other informed opinions that indicate that a centerboard pivoting into and out-of a strong, steel, stub-keel is very stable. True, Brent is very positive about twin-keelers , but his is a minority opinion, and most opinions indicate that, outside the extreme low tides of North-West Europe, twin-keels are disadvantageous. So far my search for plans for a 26?-28? ocean-cruising, steel, centerboarder is still on-going. Moreover, the Multi-Chine 28?s high freeboard is a waste, because I only need standing head-room in the galley and enclosed head area., thus I would prefer a lower freeboard replaced by a higher cabin top. The BS26 wouldnt be a good canidate to modify to a swing keel like you discribe, the hull draft is about 2'. Not many steel sailboat plans for under 30' out there, might have to switch to diferent material to get what you want.
Location: Germany There are not many plans to see on the internet - but they are out there.
The origami method is a very quick way to build the hull, decks and cabin structure the rest about the same as any other method. Displacment around 6700 Lbs and 1800 Lbs lead balast, if you go to the origamiboat site look in the photo files tom's BS 26 I have a lot of pictures there. Tom tazmann View Public Profile View tazmann's Gallery Find all posts by tazmann Page 1 of 2 1 2 > « Can Aluminum be painted?

When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. I have chosen Stern Wheel drive, as I like the idea and they are great for shallow draught, Power Plant will be a small Diesel and full Hydrauic drive.
Any help, plans, advise or experience you have that you think would help would be greatly appreciated. If you'd like I'll draw up a set of wheels and toss in a couple of smoke stacks on this design of mine. Some time ago we actually got a question, if we are looking for a new boat from the boat shows. However, not all of the development is positive, since in my opinion, the design philosophy has changed too much towards the living comfort in the harbour, which is often achieved at the cost of seaworthiness and kindliness. Pure racers are out of the scope of this blog post, since their design philosophy is often so different. Indeed, one potential problem with beamy and flat bottomed boat with only one rudder, is the loss of control, when the rudder raises out of the water at higher heel angles.
In the Yacht Design Course, held in Turku last November, a study was presented, where the T-keel showed no significant improvement on the computer modelled performance of the boat compared to the normal fin keel with similar draft and center of gravity. As this exercise needs to be repeated often many times during the day, many manufacturers have addressed this issue by adding fixed cockpit tables and foldable or drop-down companionway doors. Having sailed mostly with boats that do not have one, I can certainly appreciate the rationale behind the platform. As I said in the beginning, the modern sailboat design has improved many things, but not all of this development is positive in my opinion. This is mostly due to the weight (and the distribution of weight) of the steel, aluminum would be better for this job. Honestly it would be cheaper for you to look at this site, buy one and stick it in a container to where you live, pay the customs and enjoy).
As far as I know mine is the first 26 built as a 26, there are a few that were built but were modified a lot and stretched to 28'. Under the files section there is a material list for the 26 that should give you a idea of what it takes.
We want to retire this year and spend some time exploring our waterways on the East coast of Australia. My company builds small earthmoving machines which are fully Hydraulic operated so I am in a field I am well conversant with as I do most of the design work, Scow Hull so I can place my Black water and Drinking Water tanks below the deck as well as utilise all the blow deck storage space. This is the 33' model and is intended for voyaging in semi protected waters reasonably efficiently.
You can almost feel the wind in your hair, while you sip on a refreshing cocktail out of these double etched designs. However, the idea of this blog post is not to argue whether a modern or traditional boat is better than the other. However, this study had some limitations, so this is not probably the only truth out there, but at least, I am not convinced of the idea of having a fishnet or buoy chain catcher in the cruising boat for the sake of marginal benefit in the speed.
Let's take the example of a common problem: when sailing the cockpit easily turns into a messy snake's nest, if one is not pedant with the halyards and sheets.
Another thing that has changed is the design of the companionway (or the main entrance to the cabin).
For example, boarding or de-boarding the dinghy is inconvenient and even risky from the swimming ladders, especially if there is swell.
However, I understand that one should spend a lot of time on the water sailing different boats in order to get a picture on, how different design features work in the practice.
Standing room at galley is no problem but the head being off to one side is with the deadrise of the hull. Both design philosophies clearly have their pros and cons, so the question depends on personal valuation and needs. She is designed by the famous Volvo Ocean Race designer Juan Kouyoumdjian, and there are some obvious similarities to modern VO70 boats.
Furthermore, the mainsheet traveler in the cockpit is often in the way and can be a safety risk for the crew.

Previously, many offshore boats had bridge decks in front of cockpit to prevent water leaking into the living quarters, in case the cockpit is flooded.
Therefore, bathing platform will be included in the wish list, when looking for the next boat. In this sense traditional features are well tested, whereas some of the newest trends and innovations may suffer from childhood problems.
As boat heels over, righting stability rises to a max in most cases at about 60 degrees of heel.
The cabins are straight sided, the hull plywood, the framing dimensional stock (2x6's, etc.). As I was reading it I thought with the weights he was talking about, it would never work and would sink, but it turns out exactly like he planned and works great. She is, in my opinion, capable of taking us anywhere that we could imagine, but let's face it: a 29-footer is a rather small boat for longer cruises, so most probably she is not going to be our last boat either. What I would like to discuss, are some of the observations that I have made at the boat shows for example, and compare those to my own experiences of owning two, more or less traditional sailboats during the last six years.
Perhaps the most visible examples of those are the hull chines, twin rudders and the T-keel. In my opinion, the second rudder is much more useful addition, than nowadays more popular twin wheels but only one rudder concept.
In modern cruising boats, the trend in the recent years has been to make the cockpit (or a part of it) line-free, which is achieved by shifting the mainsheet traveler fore or aft of the cockpit and leading the halyard and reef lines to the aft part of the cockpit. Then the righting moment will gradually reduce until it reaches a point of vanishing stability and she goes over - this usually happens in a window of 110 - 140 degrees average, depending on design and designer. My main reason for using a mono hull was to put the water tanks below deck and centre them for balance. However, the timing is not right for selling at the moment, because of the low market situation and the investments that we are making this year. In general, a longer keel spreads the loads over a larger area, whereas short keel with a large bulb at tip of the keel puts enormous forces to the area where the keel meets the hull.
For example, older Swans had often two small cockpits, and a bridge deck for safety reasons.
Yep and they don't swim to well either so all the more reason to make sure this thing stays afloat.
Thus, visiting boat shows and reading various articles from boating magazines is merely a hobby, since I like to keep up with what's new in the boating world. However, for pure racing boats, where zero point one knots gain in the speed is a big thing, the T-keel is probably an optimal choice. Furthermore, some boats with this concept do not have any boarding ladders available, when the platform is raised. Fortunately my wife has medals for her prowess in the pool so we are all relying on her to get us through this, un-drowned. On the other hand, many modern boats are equipped with open cockpits, which drain much quicker, so the cockpits can be larger, which is a nice thing in the harbour, but probably not as safe at sea though. We have a fairly good one, and yet it is difficult to say fetch pizza from the fridge without letting go of both hands. Fortunately, the conditions were not too bad, when your roller reefer (I presume that it was a fore sail?) jammed. But the situation, you describe, is a good example of, why I don't like the idea of having a furling main sail. I guess that the points you made regarding the open cockpits are pretty much the reasons, why lower-able bathing platforms are so common nowadays. So in this respect, they are handy, and I can see why they are getting more and more popular.

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