SHENANIGAN is a modern aluminum auxiliary ketch designed for an Oregon couple and was built at Topper Hermanson's yard in Florida. Her unusual feature is that she has twin bilge fins instead of the usual central ballast fin or an expensive and troublesome keel-centerboard configuration.
The use of bilge fins has proven successful on several of our previous designs and the form has distinct advantages. Shoal draft is the prime advantage of course, along with the ability to sit out on a tide for bottom cleaning and painting. The bilge fins are hydrodynamically shaped, with a flat outboard surface and all the curvature on the inboard faces. This provides excellent lift to windward and the fins also have fences on the bottom to reduce cross flow and resultant drag as well as provide a wide "foot" for grounding out. The result is a handy shoal draft cruiser that goes to weather, makes good speed under sail and steers well under sail or power.
The rig is a tall double headsail ketch with boomed staysail. It spreads ample area for good all around performance and is strongly supported by double spreaders on the main and double lowers on both spars. Intermediate backstays are fitted and the main mast is keel stepped for maximum strength.
The accommodations were laid out to suit the owners who wanted a very comfortable live-aboard yacht for themselves, with room for occasional guests. The galley is extremely large and there is a roomy dining area across from it while the pilothouse provides a spacious settee and lounging area. The wide owner's cabin is located aft and a convenient dive compartment is fitted at the stern with space for tanks, suits, a large sink for cleanup, and a boarding ramp.
The engine room, below the cockpit, has good headroom so that maintenance of the husky Caterpillar diesel will be eased as far as possible. The space below the pilothouse provides room for generous fuel and water tanks, auxiliary machinery and a very hefty battery bank.
SHENANIGAN's owners plan extensive world cruising and their new yacht will take them anywhere they want to sail, or motor, in safety and comfort.
Study plans contain sufficient drawings to price out materials or obtain a professional bid; the cost of study plans is credited if complete plans are later ordered. Complete plans include rights to build one boat, plus reasonable consultation during construction.
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