Retreat by Atkins – Update

A great post on about a new Atkins Retreat.   


So, here’s more background on the boat. 


An 18′ Shanty Boat Deluxe
By William Atkin

After a long, throbbing day surrounded by noise a little boat like Retreat edged by sedge grass
and water would be the ultimate indeed.

The over-all length of the hull is 18 feet; the breadth is 7 feet; the depth from bottom to deck is
2 feet. The sides are flat and stand plumb: just like a long box having slanting ends. With
everything aboard the hull will draw close to 5 inches of water.

The deck plan shows bow deck 4 feet 6 inches long and deck house 11 feet long. The bow
deck has suitable wooden railing; the after deck will he open. The deck house has two
heights; the main cabin high enough to get full 6 feet headroom under the top beams; the
sleeping cabin lower. To get 4 feet 10 inches headroom. If the deck houses are much higher
than this there will be too much windage. Retreat will be very cozy inside as designed. There is
a narrow deck all around, just enough for a toe hold; that is why the grab rails shown will be
necessary. There is a window each side for the sleeping cabin and the main cabin. These will
open out and be hinged at the tops. Each side of the deck house I would carry a long oak oar
and a long pole, all four being very handy for obvious reasons. And, of course, you will require
a pedestal on which to carry a riding light if you moor among moving watercraft.

There is an entrance each end. The forward, or main cabin, is fitted with a coal burning yacht’s
range, sink, and ice box one side; comfortable upholstered seat, drop leaf table, shelves and
lockers the other side. There will be an additional shelf over the sink and ample room under
the forward deck for stowage as well as room for a good sized water tank. The sleeping cabin
is fitted with single berth; chest of drawers; lockers; hanging locker; and W. C. located beneath
the seat which forms a step at the after entrance. And there we have the cabin of our shanty
boat deluxe.

Plans for Retreat are $55
Study Plans are available for $15
(Refunded when full plans are purchased)


Originally posted 2012-02-02 18:39:22.

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