The Stour 23 has a simple 'V' bottomed hull form giving an easily driven shape that is also faster to build. Construction starts with a simple arrangement of plywood frames and bulkheads slotted together on a plywood central girder. Chine stringers are then fitted, planned up and the ply hull skin fitted - or the pre-shaped hull panels can be fitted to the framework and the chines finished with epoxy/glass.
The Stour is basically a fishing boat so she has a large aft cockpit and a forecabin which has 2 berth/settees and space for a small galley and wc.
Two options are given for the transom/engine arrangement - either the outboard can be fitted directly to the transom with a slopped well in front of it or the outboard is fitted further forward so that the outboard is fully protected by the hull.
The hull could be fitted out in a number of ways - with an aft cabin etc - the arrangement above is the one shown on the plans.
23' Stour Particulars
|Beam (excl. gunwale rubbers)||8'1"||2.46m|
|Hull Mid Depth||4'1"||1.24m|
|Maximum Headroom (wheelhouse)||6'4"||1.94m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||3418 lbs||1550 kg|
|Displacement to WL||4057 lbs||1840 kg|
|Engine||35 to 80 hp inboard|
|'V' bottomed single chine|
|Construction Methods||Ply over frame or stitch and epoxy|
|Major wood requirements for hull||12 sheets of 6mm ply|
|21 sheets of 9mm ply|
|4 sheets of 12mm ply|
|Drawing/Design Package||9 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction/spec sheets|
|Additions and alterations included with the plans|