Fanny the Fantail Launch Supplement for 17' 9" Version

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Note: This supplement allows you to use the regular Fanny plans to build a longer version. You will need to also purchase the Fanny plans described below.

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
Beam 6'3" 1.91m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 4 1/2" 0.72m
Draft 1'8" 0.51m
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 17'9" version
Sailing details
Steel construction panel shapes

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