Surrey top boat

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  1. jrl5678
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    I am looking for the plans of a 16 foot boat with A Surrey top like one of the Elec boats. 16' long beamy but under 8' lots of freeboard and reserve.
    inland water
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  2. PAR
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    Can you post a photo or sketch of what you're looking for?
     
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    There are lots of harbor launch types of designs, though most tend to net be especially beamy, particularly if efficiency and/or electric power is desired. As to the canvas top, well this is about as simple as it gets and any sail or awning maker could cut you up a good one.
     
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    I needed a better name for the launch
     
  6. PAR
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    This is a Jay Benford "fantail steam launch" and typical of what you're looking for. The fantail tough is nice, but unnecessary. The top, not on this one is a common add on feature and simple enough to build.

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    This is a much larger version (25'), by the same designer, with a hard top that has a soft fringe edge. A much more secure and durable arrangement. Naturally, they don't need to be steam powered, if desired.

    Search harbor launches, steam launches, displacement utilities and launches, etc. Every designer, including me, has a few of these in their drawer, many available as a stock plan set.
     
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    Ther are loads of river Thames (UK) launches in that style. Also from around 14' and up. Some still use steam engines, a few, newer electric units, as well as IC ones.

    Of course the perfect soundtrack has to be...

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoZd4GKzOdQ
     
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    I hope you like going slow JRL5678.
     
  9. jrl5678
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    Yes, PAR going very slow. I could not come up with the name (Harbor Tender) and now I am finding many ideas and some plans. I will not go with steam. I might do some type of inboard but most likely I will hang a 9.9 on the transom and put around with that. I saw a stitch and glue that was almost perfect, and like all good internet ideas I lost it somewhere but looking for it again. I am thinking something in the 16' by 7' (more or less) with some where near 3' of freeboard I may look for a Jon boat design and dress it out more like a launch with a surry top. I also like the way the old "Lazy River" boats looked at amusement parks.
    As to speed I am not looking for a fast boat. I am looking for a party barge with some class. A boat that will provide much the same as a pontoon boat with out stainless steel. Also I am limited in storage space and a 16 x 7 on a single axle trailer fits in my back yard. I miss understood your comment about going slow I at first took it to meant be careful building.
     

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    Here is an interesting and beautifully done wood epoxy solar electric interpretation.
    Not a Surrey Top, but it is worth a look at for ideas and inspiration...

    http://www.westsystem.com/ss/ted-s-jewel-box/

    Bear Mountain 30 Hybrid Electric Launch
    LOA: 30'
    Beam: 6' 11"
    Displacement: 6,800 lb
    Power: 7.5 kW Perm DC motor
    Cruising speed: 5-6 knots
    ( 3 knots under direct solar power on a sunny day )
    Designer hull: Steve Killing
    Designer electric: Jonathan Killing
    Builder/owner: Ted Moores

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