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26' 6" Swallow Tancook Whaler
Full Plans
$552 England & EU
$470 USA/Elsewhere 
Study Plans
$40 England & EU
$34 USA/Elsewhere 

Plans are available for a half model.

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.

26'6" Swallow Particulars

LOD 26'6" 8.08m
Beam 8' 2.44m
Draft 2'9"/4'6" 0.84/1.37m
Sail Area 338 sq.ft 31.44 sq.m
Displacement 2.59 tons 2.63 kg
Ballast 1.12 tons 1.14 kg
Maximum Headroom 5'1" 1.55m
Accommodation 4 berths with simple galley/wb and heads up for'd
Engine 7.5 hp inboard  

Hull Shape

Round bilge double ended
Construction Methods French carvel (like double diagonal) and strip plank
Major plywood requirements 24 x 6mm sheets
6 x 9mm sheets
8 x 12mm sheets
4 x 18mm sheets
7 x 24mm sheets
Guidance Use Coastal/offshore
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 10 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Strip plank details