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18' Downeast Double Ender plan


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Virtually all boat designs are based on something earlierin this case the double enders that plied Maine's inshore coastal waters since the middle of the 1800s. This design is based on our own Matinicus Double Ender (the Young family model) and a Jonesporter recorded back in the 50s by Chapelle. Walter Simmons, with an able assist from Andre Drouin, designed Esmeralda for a client who rightly considers double enders to be superb inshore craft, and who wanted a boat that would not only be fun to use for brief fishing excursions, but also for extended single-handed coastwise cruising. She is decked, of course, with watertight storage compartments fore and aft, and ketch rigged, which makes her readily handled even in severe conditions. At 18' overall with a 6' beam and 1'-8" depth amidships, she's considerably larger than our Matinicus Double Ender, as this photo that compares the 'midship moulds of the two boats shows.

esmeralda2101-.jpgHere's a view of the prototype that should interest prospective builders...


...and a bow shot after she was planked...


And of course, the all important quarter view...


Actually, we think this view taken prior to painting illustrates the power of her design even better...


And you can check out her half model right here.

Esmeralda's plan set consists of seven blueline pages. Her lines and her construction plans are drawn to 1-1/2" scale, as is her ketch rig, but the others showing her keel and keelson sections, her stern details, bow details, and her body plan are all drawn full size. Since all of the full sized drawings are taken directly from our shop lofting, you don't have to loft her to build her. The lines have been verified, and the backbone details are right there full size for you to work from.

And here's what she looked like a few weeks later on...


Now that's a serious double ender, and with these plans, you can build your own.

When you place an order for plans, understand that what you are purchasing is the construction rights for one time use only–and every plan page is so marked. A royalty amounting to 50% of the original cost of the plans is due on subsequent boats built from our boat plans. So if you decide you would like to build a second (or third, or fourth) Duck Trap Wherry for example, and the plans cost $65, then the royalty would only amount to $32.50 per boat.



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