The (as-yet-unnamed) "19-Footer"
Like the 24-footer, LocoMotion,
this 19' boat was also inspired by the Everglades Challenge.
Unlike the 24-footer, I can
launch and rig this one by myself, and I could even sleep in it
in a pinch,
as it has 6 1/2' of uninterrupted
open floor space and 26" between the vertical hull sides.
I'm not quite ready for the whole
300 or so miles of the EC yet, but the first 120 miles or so --
a sub-race called the Ultra Marathon - might be a real
possibility in 2014. Here are the
LOA = 18' 10"
Beam of center hull at sheer =
Beam of center hull at
waterline = 26"
Beam folded = 7' 4"
open = 14' 8"
Sail rig options = Range from
a unirig of 102 sq. ft up to a sloop rig of 160 sq. ft.
Weight all up = approx 230
Basically, the hull on this
19-footer is a nearly exact copy of the hull on Laura's boat,
but 15% bigger in every dimension (for details of Laura's boat,
Why? Because Laura's boat might just be the "perfect" all around
hull design for a small tri, especially if it has to launch and
sail in shallow water. And even in this 15% larger version, this
hull will float in 3" of water and will sail -- upwind -- in 6".
The maiden voyage was made with
my smallest sail option, a single sail of 102 sq. ft. on an
Although this boat is just 3'
longer than the 16' boat I mist often sail, it is a big step
forward on seaworthiness and comfort. And this was actually the
first of my tris to hit 14 mph - even with that single small
But it was clear that a bigger
rig would be needed to be able to enjoy good performance in
moderate wind, which I suspected in advance. That's why I
designed this 19-footer from the outset to be able use both
stayed and unstayed rigs.
And boy, what a performance
difference with the bigger sloop rig! Much more speed in lighter
air, and it also points better and tacks faster. The downside,
of course, is that it takes a lot longer to rig, and now there's
a jib to deal with. Well, you get what you rig for...
Here below are more than 75 photos showing
everything from flat plywood panels (3mm lauan) to