16' Grey Swan Plans

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The Grey Swan is a traditional gaff cutter of multi chine hull shape with a length over deck (LOD) of only 16’ allowing much of her construction to be completed in a small work space. The original plans show her built using pre shaped ply bulkheads and for and aft girders fitted together along with her bottom hull panel into a rigid prefabricated structure. Stringers are then added to this and the remainder of the hull panels applied oversize and trimmed later. The sketch shows the original design with it’s centreboard but during the intervening years since she was first drawn up we have been asked for several modifications. Consequently the plans now show details for bilge keel and long central ballast keel variations, an alternative catboat rig and details and panel shapes for pure stitch and epoxy construction. Although only 16’ in length, she has room for 2 berths inside her cabin and a large cockpit which can also take 2 sleeping under a boom tent. LOD 16’; Beam 7’; Draft 1.15’/4.3’; Approx. wht. 1200 lbs; Ballast 300 lbs. Details are now available for a strip plank version.
The plans now include a number of alternatives - 3 different keel configurations - the original centreplate (draft 1'2"/4'4" (0.36m/1.32m)), fixed/ballasted long keel with a draft of 2'9" (0.84m) and a fixed ballast keel and bilge plates with a draft of 1'9" (0.53m).


An alternative Catboat rig - below - and details/mould shapes for strip planking the hull.

16' Grey Swan Particulars

LOD 16' 4.88m
Beam 7' 2.13m
Hull Mid Depth 3'2" 0.97m
Draft 1'2"/4'4" 0.36/1.32m
Sail Area 169 sq.ft 15.72 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 1200 lbs 544 kg
Ballast 300 lbs 136 kg
Maximum Headroom 4'8" 1.42m
Number of berths 2  
Hull Shape U shaped - narrow flat bottom plank plus 3 planks per side
Construction Methods Ply over frame, stitch and tape and strip plank
Major plywood requirements for hull 14 x 6mm sheets
5 x 9mm sheets
3 x 12mm sheets
Guidance Use 2-3 adults +
Drawing/Design Package 9 x A1 drawings + 14 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Cat rig - gaff main
Deep/long keel
long keel with bilge keels
Cedar strip plank details
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