builder might face the difficult choice of maybe building
a boat like Twister instead. It's quite a different boat
from AF4 but comes out of about the same pile of wood
and labor. Twister is a bit smaller and won't go as fast
but it can sail! It will sail quite well in the right
conditions. Don't we know by now that when you go to the
water with a straight power boat the wind is always perfect
for sailing? And when you go to the lake with a straight
sailboat, the wind is too light to get anywhere and conditions
are perfect for motoring?? So in between boats like Twister
can have their place.
TWISTER, POWER/SAIL CUDDY CAMPER, 15.5'
X 6', 350 POUNDS EMPTY
Twister is one of those 'mixture' boats
that borrows a lot of ideas from other boats that worked
out well. In particular I did some camping in an AF3 look-alike
and had time to contemplate some changes. Camping in the
little cuddy cabin is actually a lot more civilized than
in an open boat, although the open boat can be as good
in uncivilized areas. The difficulty with the open boat
is privacy. Men go fishing at all hours of the day and
night around here. Even with the cuddy boat I've had them
casting about the boat during normal sleeping hours. But
they don't bother you otherwise and in general are very
sympathetic to your simple camping idea. (In fact I believe
that if it weren't for the the sportsmen, who often have
very good organizations, many of our boating facilities
wouldn't exist.) So Twister has a cabin to sleep one,
or hide two. The cockpit is too small to sleep in and
I put some low benches there. I must be getting old.
The hull shape is borrowed from my Twixt,
a jonboat with a V entry bow that twists to a flat bottom
for the main part of the hull and sweeps up to the waterline
at the wide stern. The big stern allows a serious motor
well. Twixt has always done fine under oars, sail, or
small motor. I doubt that Twister will row well in the
normal sense, but she would be useful under oars during
launching or covering glassy water. Most people will eventually
put a motor on a boat like this and this hull should take
5 hp or so. In fact one idea behind the boat is to use
it under power alone, leave the sail rig at home and go
camping on rivers where oars and sails are not useful.
The sail rig shown has been tested in
polytarp on my Jinni. it seemed a bit much for the Jinni
but Twister is wider and heavier and should be a lot more
Jigless construction with taped seams.
She needs four sheets of 1/4" plywood and five sheets
of 1/2" plywood.