Ever since I saw the lines of the Tancook Whaler in Chapelle’s book Fast American Sailing Craft have been bugged by the wish to design a cruising boat using similar lines. The Tancook Whaler is one of those boats which evolved over many decades to do a particular working job, in this case to fish off the rough coast of Nova Scotia in all weathers and which at the same time took on a shape which to my eye is beauty itself They were fast and seaworthy and kept on moorings off the rocky coast all year round. If 1 ever get time to build one, this is my ultimate boat. This version has four berths, galley and wc and a rig which is designed for easy handling. She is round bilge but easily built using the French Carvel method. Ply bulkheads and backbone from given shapes are set up and covered in stringers. This structure is then skinned with 2 layers of 6mm ply each laid diagonally in 6’’ wide planks with both layers running in the same direction but with the outside layer overlapping the seams on the inside layer. Finally, the hull is covered with glass woven roving cloth in epoxy resin.
LOD 26’6’’; LWL 20’10’’; Beam 8’; Draft 2’9’’/4’6’’; Displ. 5800 lbs Ballast 2500 lbs; Sail Area 338 sq.ft.