Harry, 26' Sailing Barge
About the Plans
Construction Method and Materials:Sheathed sheet plywood planking over plywood bulkheads.
Number and Type of Drawings:
- Lines and Offsets
- General Construction
- Full Size Construction Details
- General Arrangement
- Sail Plan
- Spar and Rigging Plan.
- Full size plots for bulkheads, transom, and stem provided.
Study Plan:Harry Sprit Sail Sailplan PDF
General Arrangement/Study Plan:Harry General Arrangement PDF
Base Price:$550 CAD
Harry was the first design I ever published, back in about 1985. The boat attracted a good deal of interest from Cruising World and Pacific Yachting readers, and I actually sold a few plans, and made a few variations. But I have never seen a completed boat. One of Harry’s drawbacks was 11’ beam, though creating a wonderfully roomy interior and providing good sailing stability, it is a rather awkward size for the average builder. As marina costs and availability have changed, we see an overall increase in interest in boats which can be built and stored at home on a trailer.
Both Harry and Tilikum were, to some extent, heavily influenced by Thames Barges. Both are flat bottomed boats intended to go dry with the tide, neither is intended for maximum speed, but both have long waterlines to reduce wavemaking. The new trailerable versions of each boat, called respectively Harry II and Little Tilikum, are of moderate beam. This means a form with less initial stability, but both are outside ballasted boats with high sides and centerline deck openings. Neither of these boats will flood until well past 90 degrees of heel. This sort of safety is required for open water sailing in shallow draft boats.
These boats are modest cruisers, fully able to undertake a coastal cruise in Florida, the Carolinas, British Columbia, the great rivers of Europe or Asia, or the Great Lakes. They can always find shelter due to very shoal draft, and turn up anchored on mudflats in the smallest creeks. They are intended to provide maximum pleasure and ability, for the smallest investment.