Many moons ago when I first started as a designer with McGruers on the Gareloch, I drew the lines of a 19' pocket cruiser for myself, partly as the day job was full of racing yachts - I never got to build her but the drawing was kept safe and would casually drop into my lap just to remind me of her existence when I was busy searching for other things in the office.
I drew up a smaller version and called her the Morning Tide14 (after an area on the Thames I had enjoyed boating on) and you can see her on the Pocket Cruisers up to 16' page renamed as the Morning Tide 14 - at the same time I sketched 18' and 22' versions and after many years of gestation I have finally detailed the 18 footer.
She can be fitted out in a number of ways - the plans show forward V berths and a reasonable galley and WC compartment aft but one or other of these can be moved or omitted so that 1 or 2 quarter berths can be accommodated. The plans also show an optional outboard well.
Like her smaller sister, she has a long keel with a simple ballast box. Other keel options could be used.
Construction is egg-box type with ply frames and fore and aft girders slotted together - the hull panels can then be fitted and the chines finished in stitch and tape style, or stringers can be fitted and the planking completed plank over frame or clinker.
18' Morning Tide Particulars
|Hull Mid Depth||3'7"||1.10m|
|Sail Area||252 sq.ft||23.4 sq.m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||3197 lbs||1450 kg|
|Ballast||1213 lbs||550 kg|
|Number of berths||2-4|
|Hull Shape||Round bilge multi-chine.|
|Construction Methods||Stitch and Tape, Ply over Frame, Clinker Ply|
|Major plywood requirements for hull||
6mm - 3 sheets
9mm - 23 sheets
|Guidance Use||Estuary, coastal, cross channel|
|Drawing/Design Package||10 x A1 drawings + 9 x A4 instruction sheets|
|Additions and alterations included with the plans|