A customer occasionally graces me with his conceptual drawings for a new vessel. A while ago he brought in a drawing for a motorsailor. She had a cat/yawl rig with the masts folding down in a tabernacle for low bridge clearance and to allow storage in a boat house. After a little editing, the Auk is the result.
She is a perky vessel in most eyes. The flush deck yields lots of interior space. The pilothouse adds light to help relieve the claustrophobia of rainy coast life. A simple, yet functional, interior design affords more lounging comfort for two than most boats in her size range.
The power is a small lightweight diesel running through a saildrive in the stern. She uses an outboard rudder for steering with a small mizzen to help balance the helm in a breeze. The mizzen can be unstepped and used as a sailrig on a dinghy, perhaps a Polliwog.
I have noticed a lot of people deciding to forgo cruising with two or three couples in exchange for a sane afternoon of gunkholing in some out-of-the-way place in a small but very able vessel such as this. — Sam Devlin
The Auk is a concept drawing at this point. Contact Sam if you would like to see the design developed.
|Length||22 ft. – 6 in.|
|Beam||8 ft. – 2 in.|
|Power||Diesel Sail Drive|