18' Elaine II Open Dayboat

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Fred Rebell (1886-1968) was a lone sailor and adventurer - he fled from Latvia to Germany to avoid conscription, stowed away on a Sydney-bound ship and after marrying/divorcing and working in Australia, tried to emigrate to the US but was refused a visa. He eventually bought an 18' open boat, named her Elaine after a girl who spurned his attentions and then undertook the first recorded single handed west-east passage across the Pacific to San Pedro harbour in California, arriving in January 1933. Without legal papers he was deported to Latvia but eventually ended his days as a carpenter and lay-preacher. You can read of his adventures at sea, using a home-made sextant in his book 'Escape to the Sea'.

 No drawings of Elaine survive - only a few grainy black and white photos. I was asked to use the photos as best I could to draw up a dayboat to match the original Elaine as close as possible, and this design is the result. She had quite a flat sheer line, relatively hard bilges and a large open cockpit so, very much like some of the old regatta boats. As a half-decker with a good freeboard she will be a dry boat that you sit-in rather than on and which has generous amounts of stowage.

 Construction uses the modern clinker ply method but plans could be drawn up for a strip plank version and she could take a small cuddy or even a cabin.

 She uses a steel centreplate and an outboard can be hung on the transom or mounted in a well.

18' Elaine II Particulars

LOD 17' 11" 5.46m
Beam 7' 3" 2.21m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 10" 0.86m
Draft incl rudder
1' 8 1/2"
Approx. Dry Weight 2018 lbs 915 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Clinker ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 4 x 4mm sheet
18 x 9mm sheets
13x 18mm sheet
Guidance Use 6 adults +
Drawing/Design Package 8 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans

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