|Engine power||90 - 150|
|See also||Classic 17, Open Classic 17, Outboard Skiff 19, Classic 19 Express, Pilot 19, Classic 21, Nina 22|
The C19 is a true offshore boat with just the right hull shape for fishing or family outings. The proven hull shape with a typical 12 degrees moderate vee is similar to the boats that Jacques Mertens designed for Pursuit like the Denali hull: sufficient deadrise to run smoothly in bad weather but moderate enough to provide good stability at slow speed without the wild roll typical of deeper vee hulls.
The generous freeboard and the classic sheer are also tried and true features contributing to seaworthiness. This boat will negotiate both head and following seas with ease.
The self bailing cockpit depth minimum 26" with 12" wide gunwales, is another important element of safety. Thanks to the freeboard and transom design, she can be rated to a max. capacity of eight persons (USCG) and we recommend engines in the 70- to 115 HP range. While stronger than the typical production fiberglass boat of that size, she is also lighter and does not require as much HP (or fuel) to cruise at the same speed: a 50 HP will get her on plane.
With 4 persons and gear, rigged with a 70 HP, she will do 30 mph and up to 36 with a 115 HP. Those are very conservative figures and with some tinkering and attention to weight, she will go much faster. The 60 gallons of fuel will give her the range required for long offshore runs. This boats transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.
There are many options to consider but the first one should be positive and upright buoyancy (unsinkable boat).
This can easily be easily achieved with our marine flotation foam. For production boats in that size, the USCG requires upright floatation.
The basic center console layout is ideal for the fisherman. A cooler under the swing back seat, baitwell in the forward part of the console of better, in one the stern lockers, fish box and storage under the casting deck, rod holders under the gunwales.
The plans include 3 different center console plans to choose from.
For family outings, we may want more seating. Some of our pictures show optional quarter seats but a fixed or removable bench can also be installed all across the boat, in front of the motor well. An outboard bracket can be used to free even more space for storage in the stern. Some details can be changed or added. Standard bow pulpits, T-tops or bimini tops, windshields are easy to fit.
Outboard Skiff 18
[OB18] A planing vee-hull designed for semi-protected waters
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