This is really a combination of our Simplicity and Swan ranges of traditional cruising yachts for a client who wants an easily handled and safe cruising boat for his young family to sail on the South Coast. We have compromised between the two ranges and gone for a simple construction using 2 chines. This produces a boat with excellent interior space as well as having very good sailing characteristics along with ease in construction.
Like the Simplicities, the construction is heavily based upon pre-shaped ply panels for the frames and girders which are slotted together and along with the bottom panel, form a stiff pre fabricated structure with no separate building frame and immediately ready to take the rest of the ply hull panels which are simply put on over size and trimmed later. Chines are made up from square section unbevelled Douglas Fir with the bevel being taken up by an epoxy fillet cutting down on much of the normal boat building work. The rig is simple with the mast in a tabernacle and the centreboard is below the cabin sole so as not to encroach on the accommodation.
Note - the drawings now show several different keel options and the details for a hull with an additional chine.
Simplicity 24 Particulars
|Sail Area||300 sq.ft||28 sq.m|
|Displacement||3 tons||3.05 tonnes|
|Ballast||0.98 tons||9.96 tonnes|
|Accommodation||4 berths plus galley and wc compartment|
|Engine||9 hp inboard|
|Hull Shape||U shaped - flat bottom with 2 planks per side|
|Construction Methods||Ply over frame|
|Major plywood requirements||
4 x 9mm sheets
39 x 12mm sheets
|Drawing/Design Package||12 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction/spec sheets|
|Additions and alterations included with the plans||
Mark 2 hull shape with 3 planks per side
Mark 3 hull shape with beam of 7'11" (2.4m) beam
Deep keel with 3'3" (0.98m) draft
Long keel with bilge keels with 2'11" (0.88m) draft