Lisa B. Good
A Trailable Shantyboat
design by Paul Browne
|Paul not only writes the popular monthly column "Tales
From Geezer Boatworks" he also has a website called
Boatworks". Paul has generously offered to send a
set of plans for Lisa B. Good to anyone who will send him
a letter (address at bottom of page)
||7’-6” at trailer bed
||8’ at rubrails
||about 2500 lbs gross
||6’-5” at centre
||5 to 10 hp outboard
||5 knots, downhill,
||with the wind behind her
B. Good” is the result of a cooperative design effort by
the Yahoo Shantyboat Discussion Group. The design turned out to
be an “economy sized” Shantyboat, about the minimum
size that offers stand-up headroom, decent deck space, and long-weekend
accommodations for a couple. Construction appears to be particularly
straightforward, should be a quick build. There are only two curves
on the boat, the bottom of the hull, and the crown in the cabin
roof. The wood is all construction grade lumber and plywood. Use
is made of epoxy and glass, but just enough to ensure long life
without rot or excessive maintenance.
“Lisa B. Good” has great lower decks. They’re
covered to keep the rain and sun off. The forward deck is wide
enough to allow crew to pass in front of you while you’re
sitting in a deck chair. The aft deck accepts deck chairs comfortably.
The upper deck is strong enough to allow a 200 pounder to walk
up there, but it’s not for continuous use. Freeboard is
not excessive, but the bulwarks, freeing ports, and sealed decks
will help in a hard chance. Nevertheless, she’s clearly
a boat for sheltered waters.
The cabin is small but adequate, 9’ X 7-6”. To take
full advantage of the view through the windows, folding deck chairs
are suggested instead of built-in furniture. It’s a more
flexible arrangement. When evening comes, there’s room to
set up a full-sized double bed, 4’-6” X 6’-6”.
The bed splits and stows against a wall when not in use. The galley
is a simple counter and cabinets. The fridge should be an icebox
set out on the aft deck. The stove should be a propane camp stove.
It might be best if the sink were a plastic dishpan. As drawn,
Lisa B. has a head with an outside door, but it could be inside
easily enough. There’s room for tanks and pumps inside the
hull, but a bucket would be the best head. And a bucket of warm
water set topside, with a spray hose attached, that would work
better than anything else for a shower.
The engine is simple, an outboard kicker clamped
onto the stern bulwark. I struggled with the steering, looked
at motor wells, extended tillers. I give up. The best arrangement
would be control and steering cables to a helm under the starboard
forward window. Maybe have an external steering wheel too, so
you can sit outside. The fuel tank should be a portable tank strapped
down to the aft deck.
Lisa B should be a great trailer boat. The beam leaves just enough
width for the trailer wheels, while staying below the legal 8’-6”.
If you build a simple custom trailer, you can keep the height
down and use her as a camper.
The mast is of course optional. But a fellow needs a way to fly
the right flags; otherwise he’s got no couth. Which brings
me to the final point – Lisa B’s got the looks!
Paul Browne, CC&BW
If you would like a set of
plans for "Lisa B. Good" send a request by letter (email
requests not accepted) to the designer at this address:
1748 Aspenview Way
Orleans, Ontario K1C 6S3
The plans consist of five pages
printed front and back with all necessary details