Buehler’s River Walker Reexamined

Musing on a design, from Doug Westover.   Read other stories by this author.   Read more about River Walker.


I decided to do up George Buehler’s “Riverwalker”  with some light wheelhouse  mods, to make it look a little more Tug-like.
I stretched the hull out to 26 ft LOA. Instead of Buehlers 25′ stock L.O.A.    I have been toying with the idea of building her as a liveaboard for myself.


In this case I was thinking it would be great to use a small 20-25 hip diesel, placed under the wheelhouse, in the utility space.
The economy would be worthwhile and you have the reliability of a diesel, and you wouldn’t sacrifice much draft at all.
This would require a long shaft with perhaps two or  three intermediate bearings. But it would decrease the shaft angle for optimal performance.
In case you haven’t figured it out I am an inboard guy. I prefer inboards for reliability and I grew up with them.
I have always loved this design, since it really captures a tugboat look.
It is easy to build, and has great space. It might have a bit more windage than the normal shanties, but with a strong motor it be too much of a problem.

Originally posted 2015-02-25 07:56:21.

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  1. Bryan:
    Have you considered using a “sail drive”? You can put a nice 2 cylinder Yanmar Diesel on a sail drive that will push you along at hull speed quite easily and take up very little space.