Preview: BERET, A Low-Impact Coastal & River Cruiser by OCH Guide Doug Hylan

March 20, 2015

Doug Hylan

Beret obprof scan

BERET is another in my “Hat” series – a line of powerboats that, for some unfathomable reason, are all named after hats. They have hard-chine hulls and, for ease of construction, are generally planked with sheet plywood. They are of the semi-displacement type, designed to use modern outboards for power, although most of them can be modified for inbard diesel propulsion. The series can trace its genome back to Harry Bryan's inspired little Handy Billy design, and thence back to William Hand, who in the early 1900s pioneered the concept of chine-type hulls for powerboats.

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