Today we look at Selway Fisher’s Micro boats, specifically their first incarnation.. the Micro 8. I started building the Micro 8, but life got in the way. This is a “liveaboard” boat that could tie up for the night at the dinghy dock!
Micro 8: This design has been drawn up for the same client who asked us to design the Simplicity 14 a number of years ago—this new design is to cater for the sailors who like to sail long distances in the smallest craft possible. She has large storage areas for FW and food as well as the kind of gear you need for extensive offshore work.
She has been designed to sail from inside the boat so that virtually all sail controls plus the steering lines are led inside.
Construction is simple stitch and tape plywood using epoxy filleting and tape and based upon a framework consisting of a central plywood fore and aft girder which is slotted together with the plywood frames/bulkheads and fore and aft transoms. 6mm (1/4”) ply is used for most of the construction and the hull skin consists of several layers of ply to produce a very tough hull.
LOD 8’ (2.44m); Beam 5’4” (1.62m); Draft (loaded) 2’11” (0.88m); Sail Area 81 sq.ft. (7.52 sq.m.); Dry weight 1103 lbs (500kg).
Note – the plans now show Marconi rig and sliding hatch alternatives.
Micro 8 Particulars
|Hull Mid Depth||3’8″||1.1m|
|Sail Area||81 sq.ft||7.52 sq.m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||1103 lbs||500 kg|
|Ballast||551 lbs||250 kg|
|Multi-chine U shape with 4 planks per side|
|Construction Methods||Stitch and tape|
|Major plywood requirements for hull||15 x 6mm sheets
3 x 9mm sheets
3 x 12mm sheets
|Guidance Use||Long distance sailing for 1 person|
|Drawing/Design Package||9 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets|
|Additions and alterations included with the plans||Bilge keel arrangement
Originally posted 2013-04-27 17:53:11.