22ft 6in Atkin-designed motor launch was commissioned by an Edinburgh doctor
for use at his weekend cottage on the West Coast of Scotland. Built from
top-quality Bruynzeel plywood and SP epoxy on oak frames with larch stringers,
it will carry a 50hp outboard in a well.
The elegant launch was designed by John Atkin, an American, in the 1960s as Ninigret and several have been built. This is the first to have been built in the UK.
The build time from lofting to hand over was around four months, and included fully encapsulating the hull up to the first strake in glass and epoxy for extra strength and protection. The interior fit out has been left simple, for weekend camping and protection from the elements.
An unusual feature
is the lapstrake topsides, a common feature in American boats of this
type. It provides exceptional strength and accentuated the lines of what
is already a pretty and functional craft, with echoes of US East Coast
working boats.Sirius will have a projected speed of around 20 knots, and
should make an ideal tender and workboat for this discerning owner.
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