Fanny the Fantail Launch Plans
We were asked to design "Fanny" for the Boatman magazine and the construction of her hull was covered in issues 30 to 37. Since then several have been built both in plywood and in steel (by Peter Nicholls Steel Yachtbuilders). She was originally based upon our successful ROSE 'V' bottomed launch which has a large carrying capacity and enough volume for steam, electric or diesel engine propulsion. The drawings give details for Fanny to be built as an open launch or with a closed wheelhouse.
The original requirement was for a tough, robust single chine 'V' bottomed launch that could be stored in the average domestic garage but still have the capacity to carry up to 6 or 8 crew. She had to have sweet lines, the ability to be adapted for different roles and ease in construction.
Construction is based upon a simple framework of ply frames/bulkheads, ply fore/aft girders and stringers which is then clad in a ply hull skin. The frames define most of the fit-out so that, on turning her over, fit-out time is minimal.
15'4" Fanny the Fantail Particulars
|LOA||15'4" and 17'9"||4.68m and 5.41m|
|Hull Mid Depth||2' 4 1/2"||0.72m|
|Maximum Headroom in wheelhouse||5'9"||1.75m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||1455 lbs||660 kg|
|Engine||5 IHP steam|
|Hull Shape||V bottom single chine|
|Construction Methods||Ply over frame|
|Major plywood requirements for hull||
14 x 6mm sheets
3 x 9mm sheets
1 x 12mm sheet
|Guidance Use||Estuary/coastal for up to 6 adults|
|Drawing/Design Package||7 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction/spec sheets|
|Additions and alterations included with the plans||
Steel construction panel shapes