Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Old fashion but good!
- Once in a while, classic boat plans are sold.
- And what makes people buy older fashion sailboats in the first place?
Nostalgia comes to mind. The liking to old things; be antique furniture, houses or cars. Boats are in a similar situation.
Beauty? Considering the limitless of boat shapes, rig and purpose somethings must tickle the senses.
Such is the case for a series of sailboat designs that have given birth to the Modern Bristol Channel Cutters; MBCC.
- Small in sizes; up to 42', the range starts with a 26' model.
- in Search type: Tanton Design no.936, it's about the smallest one; but, she managed to go around the World.
- They have in common a certain look-alike to the famous pilot boats of a long-gone era, off the coast of England and of France. Boats designed and built to secure pilotage for the incoming merchant ships.
- But what is a M.B.C.C? To go back, we have to look at other designers who embraced the type and character of these vessels.
Restraining myself to this side of the pound, I can name Atkin and especially Lyle Hess. Because he touched a chord with a 28' close in concept to Bristol cutters and Itchen workboats with a little bit of a Smack in between. Now, I am not going into details of the latter models for definitions, but to the original BCC as Hess's and the builder came to name the breed.
- What mines look like in general.
- The MBCC is inspired by my predecessors, and if there are similarities, there are more differences.
First one I would say, that the most striking evolution is the absence of a long keel, replaced by a fin keel and a skeg mounted rudder on the transom stern. Second, the method of construction. If the 28' Lyle Hess BCC were made of fiberglass, the original was built out of wood, such as Renegade followed by the famous Serrafyn; planks on frames. This method of construction requires talent and precision not always available to builders nowadays. So, I choose to build a strip planking shell, over permanent bulkheads and partitions and local reinforcement. The whole lot covered with glass-epoxy. In my mind, the simplest and well proven building method for amateur or professionals. Yes, you can complicate the scenario with several thin layers of cold moulded diagonals over the hull; but why?
(to be continued).