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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bristol Channel Cutter Story. Old fashion, but good boats.


- Once in a while, classic boat plans are sold.

- 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 limitlessness 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" on this Blog, type: Tanton Design no.936, it is 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 an 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.

- The first one I would say, the most striking evolution in 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?

- There is one M.B.C.C being started in Turkey; the 35' Model. We will follow the construction, mostly with pictures. He is an amateur builder and should get all the encouragement possible. He is on Facebook. Emin Caner Karaman is his name.

- Note: There is also an aluminum version for TYD#225.
- Showing the Midship Construction Section.










- Notes: I understand that other potential Builders are interested in purchasing the Plans of this Design.
-  Catalog # TYD. 225.MBCC. in AUTOCAD FORMAT.

- Plans are for Wood Construction.
LOA 34'-10" x LWL 34'-6" x Beam 12'-6" x Draft 5'-6" x Displ. 20,455 Lbs.x Sail Area 1040Sq/Ft.
         10.62M.           10.52M.          3.81M.          1.68M.          9T.278                         96.7Sq/M.

- List of Plans included:

DRG. 1   SAIL PLAN.
DRG. 2   MAST & RIGGING.
DRG. 3   LINES-PLAN; TABLE of OFFSETS.
DRG, 4   ACCOMMODATION PLAN.
DRG. 5   MIDSHIP SECTION CONSTRUCTION PLAN.
DRG. 6   JOINERY SECTIONS.
DRG. 7   CONSTRUCTION PLAN.
DRG. 8   DECK PLAN.
DRG. 9   KEEL PLAN. LEAD BALLAST 4137.5 KG.
DRG. 10 RUDDER PLAN.
DRG. 11 CHAINPLATES.
DRG. 12 TANKS.
DRG. 13 DETAILS.
DRG. 14 GAFF RIG.
DRG. 15 DECK GEOMETRY.

US$ 1,500.00. BUY. ( $100.00 per drawing).
- Notes: Price for the Plans is subject to change without notice.
           For further details: e-mail.
tantonyachts@aol.com or: tantonyachts@gmail.com
         
- Other MBCC but in steel this time.
- Ref: TYD#895. with twin keels. fin keel or long keel.
- Ref: TYD#961, with a long Keel.








Ref: TYD#936. California. Wooden 33' MBCC. Ketch rigged.



- Ref: TYD#246- 30' MBCC, Offshore Cutter.


- Ref: TYD#260. 28' MBCC. Note: Sail Plans similar to TYD#246.





- Ref: TYD#932. Length 35' with tons of sail area.
- I hesitate to place this Design in the same column as Bristol Channel Cutter; she actually is a derivation from a Falmouth Quay Punt Cutter, and the Plans are not complete anyway.



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