Preview: In My Shop: The Rambler 18 Outboard Boat

April 15, 2012

Harry Bryan

On our shop floor is a nearly completed 18’ Rambler 18 outboard boat. It represents a step that I have wanted to take for some time. The idea is to create a design that is large enough for a family, uncommonly seaworthy for her length, and with lines that favor displacement speeds.

Harry Bryan's Rambler 18

An 18’ outboard powered boat may well be the most common recreational boat on the water today, but it is invariably designed with a planing hull. As such, its low speed efficiency is compromised, and a minimum of 40 horsepower is required to lift the boat onto a plane with a modest payload. The ubiquitous deep-V design was never created for comfort, but to keep it from self-destructing a it leaps from one wave to crash onto the top of the next. As noted by Andre Mele in his book

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