This is just a teaser for a project that’s beginning to come together, a 24′ lateener that will be sailed in the waters around Southern California’s Channel Islands.
This little yawl will be trailer-sailed. This leads to her construction in wood/composite with laminated “sawn frames.” Also, to keep trailer weight low and give a large boat feel underway she’ll have considerable water ballast. Auxiliary power, beyond sweeps, will be provided by a Torqeedo electric motor head mounted on a bracket on the side of the rudder. The batteries and controllers stowed in lockers under the stern deck.
The cabin is under a raised deck. This provides the most usable space in a small boat like this. There will be generous seated headroom. A double bunk forward and a comfortable seat to starboard, a la L. Francis Herreshoff’s Rozinante interior.
With 3′-3″ draft, fully loaded, she will have enough lateral plane to do without centerboard or lee boards or bilge-keels. The combination of a long straight keel with a modest “shark-bite” cutaway deadwood and a pivoting rudder blade should combine good trailering manners with the kind of long lateral plane this rigs needs. The pivoting rudder also makes dealing with kelp a bit easier.