This is an older design of mine that I always thought would be a fine budget cruiser for colder areas. There’s a few changes I’d make if I was building the boat for myself.
The engine location is poor. There’s no room around it, and only room for the little Yamar. I think I’d use a vee-drive transmission such as available with Volvo or YAMAR, (or a simple belt drive deal) because that will get the engine further back and out of the way and will allow a bigger engine to fit in.
I don’t like the quarter berths, but then I don’t have kids. These bunks are too tight to get into at all easily, have little room, and screw up the room in the wheelhouse. I’d like to take them out.
A Canadian built her and lengthened the wheelhouse 2′ fwd over the cabin top. That gave him a 2′ dashboard in front of the wheel which was a good idea, plus it looks better too. That’s a good change to make!
She needs a taller mast too, I think.
With these changes I think RUBY would make even a better little boat for messing around with. The wheelhouse robs some of the interior but makes her more fun in colder climates especially, and I think she’d be alot of fun for vacation use. She’s simple to build and not very expensive either. She’s also seaworthy enough to go cruising if you want to.
Displ. about 20,000 lbs.