18’classic runabout with 20hp goes 18mph

I think everybody would like to have a classic wooden runabout to go blasting about in. I know I would; but often these runabouts are really really expensive, have large thirsty engines and have a tendency to slam in a chop. So much so that one may spill ones drink (Tut tut). Well this boat designed by William Hand in the 1920s solves those problems and when built by Roeboats will be the most economical and low maintenance wooden runabout available today. New or antique.

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At 18’long, Jane will carry 4 or 5 passengers in classic luxury, surrounded by the beautiful wooden hull and fitted with polished stainless deck hardware this will be a jewel of a boat. But the good news doesn’t stop there. When Jane was designed, engines were big and heavy, so even a modest 20hp engine was a behemoth, by replacing this with a modern diesel not only will the weight be reduced ( leaving room for a bigger drinks cabinet and modern conveniences ) but also fuel efficiency and noise. Of course modern diesels are extremely reliable and parts for most are easy to source ( they are mostly marinised versions of industrial engines). What’s more William Hands design is literally revolutionary, because I think we have to look to boats of the past to build the boats of the future. Boats that require modest horsepower to achieve speeds that are realistic for the average boater. William Hand was a master of this type of seakindly, good looking boats that will look even better when built new by Roeboats.

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If you would like a Jane of your own why not contact Tiernan Roe at +353 86 1586937 or at roeboats(at)ymail.com. I’m always interested in talking about boats. or use the contact form below.

Roeboats, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, t:+353 (0)28 38973 m: +353 (0)86 158 69 37 e:roeboats@ymail.com

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