45ft Offshore Cruiser
This design was commissioned by a couple who wanted a vessel which had long range, as well as being seaworthy, distinctive, and tough enough to handle the offshore weather. The hull is patterned after our highly successful commercial vessels but with a double chine construction. The keel is a plate type, heavily reinforced to permit careening (drying out) if required.
The structure consists of transverse frames spaced approximately 30″, longitudinals spaced 13″, a ¼” bottom plate (heavier aft, over the propeller), and ¼” plate at the topsides, structural bulkheads, and deck. It is a strong but not excessive structure.
Efficient propulsion and steering is achieved by means of a 36″ diameter propeller and large rudder. Even with the engine `ticking over’, the vessel will make reasonable speed with very low fuel consumption. For maneuvering in tight quarters a bow thruster is fitted.
The exterior features a wheelhouse with good visibility, side decks for easy access and improved personal safety, aft deck for working or entertaining, and a working mast.
The interior layout features all the best appointments needed for extensive offshore cruising: the large, well-appointed galley with single or double sink, stove, and refrigerator. Over the foc’sle is the wheelhouse, fitted with all of the amenities required for the offshore. Aft is the saloon/eating area and then the aft deck with lockers and storage.
In the foc’sle there are two staterooms, ‘head’, and washer/drier. Aft is the engine room followed by the store room, and steering gear compartment.
The hull has been computer lofted/faired and corrected offsets are provided with the plans.