Plans to build the 27' San Miguel Displacement Cruiser
I was with a good friend planning a trip to the Channel Islands in his 31 foot twin gas engined boat, when we estimated how many times we'd have to stop and fill up his 130 gallon tanks. We got to calculating how much it was going to cost with today's fuel costs, and decided it was just as cheap to fly to Mazatlan, stay in a first class hotel and charter a local guide to take us fishing for a few days. The fishing would have been better, too! That weekend I went home and sketched up the San Miguel, a boat that two guys could take out for a few days or a week, have enough creature comforts to at least not feel like you were camping, and not break the bank with fuel costs.
I designed this boat to be able to go 8-10 knots and burn in the 1 to 2 gallons per hour range. It'll plug along fine with a small sailboat auxiliary of about 30 hp. With 100 gallons aboard, you should be able to to have a 400 mile range, which here in So Cal, should allow you to explore the Channel Islands for a week or so and get home on one tank with plenty to spare.
Free Study Plans for the San Miguel Displacement Cruiser
Our study plans are two of the actual construction drawings. They're not enough information for you to build the boat, but they do give you the overall boat size, shape and construction methods. This is a pdf file readable with the free Adobe Acrobat pdf file reader.
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About Power Skipjacks
If you're content to move along at the boats hull spped, about 7 knots for a 30 foot boat, you should select a displacement hull. Going places on the water without burning a lot of fuel, calls for a displacement hull. To go 7 knots in a 30 foot boat, you'll only need about 15 horsepower or so. For a diesel engine that means a bit more than 1/2 gallon per hour.
The Spira International Displacement hulls are cruisers, capable of making longer passages. They're easy to construct, inexpensive to operate, and will deal with just about any weather you may have to encounter at sea, along the coast, or making the long river excursions you are probably thinking about.
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