Oysta 42

Oysta42SideA problem many boaters have is the unequal interests of their spouses in their real or imagined cruising adventures and, most specifically in “sailing” cruising adventures. Along came an East Coast customer who wished to spend the second half of his life with his wife continuing as his partner. It’s always a ticklish design issue, attempting to make a boat comfortable and unique enough to hold the interest of a less-than-eager spouse, yet capable and challenging enough to hold the interest and enthusiasm of the more experienced partner.

The Oysta 42 was specified to be a “motor sailer.” And not just a sailboat with an auxiliary engine. The Oysta 42 is a true 50/50 motor sailer capable of motoring through any sea condition; with the sail-assist it’s capable of doubling its useful cruising range from 1500 miles under power alone to better-than-3,000 miles with sail. And keeping an engine running affords a lot of comfort and luxury on board, while sail alone might work against the less willing crew member’s enthusiasm. An inboard low aspect ratio ketch rig was chosen to work within the design framework. Both masts are on tabernacles so that the rig can be easily lowered for canal passages. The aft pilot house design was selected allowing a large shaded (with boom canvas) outside deck area for carefree warm weather anchorages.

Oysta42RenderLooking at the accommodations, one can see a large, forward master cabin as a private refuge. The head is clear up in the bows of the boat with a separate shower and enough room to dress in leisurely comfort. There are bureaus and hanging lockers for clothing and stowage for a long cruise, and a reading seat to allow some private moments away from other crew members. Just aft of the master’s cabin is a separate cabin with its own access from a large 3 x 3′ deck hatch (which also functions as a mid-deck table). With port and starboard berths, this cabin functions as a crew’s quarters or the guest cabin for visiting family members or friends. Access to the large engine room is through the aft bulkhead of the guest cabin.

Power can be either twin small diesels of 50 hp each, or with one large single diesel of 100-120 hp. My own choice would be twin 4 cylinder 50 hp diesels as the maneuvering edge gained by twin engine installation more than justifies the small additional cost. And while motor-sailing, the lee sided engine can be left running which helps keep the shipboard electrics in shape.

In effect, the two diesels function like a built-in generator providing 12 volt and 110 AC power through high-output alternators and generous battery bank storage capabilities. Fuel tankage allows a range of 1,500 nautical miles under power alone.

Moving aft past the large mid cockpit, the pilot house is entered through port and starboard sliding doors, and features a centerline mounted helm with inside-or-outside steering, chart table to starboard, galley to port, and a real bridge to work the boat from. Stepping aft and down is a huge settee with a large table and enough room to accommodate 6 adults. A small head is off to port for quick access from the pilothouse and salon.

With tabernacle rigs, a displacement of 24,000 lbs., modest draft of 5’0″ and room enough for a long cruise, I can just imagine leaving the snow behind for warm Caribbean winds, with good ripe local fruit and pungent island rum – and best of all with my favorite mate to enthusiastically share my adventure. — Sam Devlin

The Oysta 42 is available in study plans and as a custom build from Sam Devlin and his crack crew.

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Oysta 42 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 1 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 60 in.
Power Inboard diesel, twin 50hp or single 100-150hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Sail Area 481 sq. ft.
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Hope of Glory

The Hope Of Glory is another of our fantailed stern hulls with a lovely balance to her lines and a ketch rig for proper and easy sail handling by a short-handed crew.

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Hope and Glory Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 52 in.
Power Inboard diesel 15hp
Displacement 22400 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Sea Swift

SeaSwiftBeautyTallThe protected waters of the Northwest offer a myriad of uses for a boat like Sea Swift. She has the stable sea-worthy qualities inherent in the dory, along with the strength-to-weight capabilities, ease of maintenance and cost effectiveness of stitch-and-glue construction.

This small, open boat is more than a fair cruising vessel. With the camping kit of the average backpacker, this cruiser can cook, eat, sleep and sail in fine fashion. In the dory tradition, she likes to sail on her ear, scary to some, exhilarating to others. Keep in mind that though initial stability is low, final stability is high, as exemplified by the use of the dory for fishing in rough waters throughout history. We have chosen the spritsail cat-ketch rig with its low center of effort to keep the heel to a minimum. When under sail she foams right along, on her ear, of course. Sea Swift was designed with these uses in mind, whether day-sailing or cruising, she is a well behaved, responsive boat.

— Sam Devlin

The Sea Swift is available in study and construction plans.

 

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Sea Swift Specifications

Length 19 ft. – 3 in. Overall
Beam 5 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 3 ft. – 6 in. Dagger Board Down
Power Oars
Sail Area 126 sq. ft.
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