Now that I had a big boat without a trailer, I needed something I could trailer to many different boating adventures like the Florida 120. So, I booted up that wonderfully simple boat design program called Hulls by Carlson Designer (https://carlsondesign.com/projects/hull-designer/) and got busy designing my new boat. Hopefully, the results would be a bit more successful than the first iteration of what would ultimately become Blue Dog.
I decided on a pram or scow shaped hull as you get a lot more boat by chopping off the 2 foot or more required for a pointy bow. I also decided on a lot of flare to the sides given my experiences with the reserve stability this gave to Knot Yacht. With these specs in mind, the first boat that leapt into my mind was the San Francisco Bay Pelican designed by Bill Short. This is a 12 foot boat designed to sail some of the roughest waters I have ever seen and do it with some aplomb. This boat would serve as my design inspiration.
First change was to increase the length to 14 feet so that I would have enough length, with the use of a bridge deck, for eight feet of cabin sole for comfortable overnighting. Second change was to reduce the amount of rocker to the hull. I sail on much calmer waters so was in favor of increasing the planning capacity (increase speed) over rough water handling. The file below shows the plot points to cut the hull and bulkheads out of 5 sheets of plywood. I used 3/8 inch for the bottom and 1/4 inch for the sides in an effort to keep the weight down. Could probably do the whole thing in 3/8th inch for ease.
After cutting out the sides and the bulkhead, I started building stitch and glue style measuring and cutting out new pieces to support the cockpit seats, deck, and cabin as I went along. Before too long, I had something 3D that looked somewhat boat like!
Ended up finishing the boat in a big rush to make the Florida 120. Bought sails from Stevenson Projects intended for their Weekender design. I had previously built their Pocket Cruiser catboat (see earlier blog posts) and knew them well. The sails ended up being a perfect fit. I met Scott Gosnell and his daughter Savannah in his newly built IMB boat and did some cruising pre- Florida 120.