Design by Bruce King Commentary by Joel White

f^askianna is a 50-foot LOD auxiliary cutter, designed by Bruce King for an overseas client. K.J Photographs show her to be big, fast, and modern. I can hear you saying, "Isn't she a modern boat that was designed to look traditional?" I don't think so. She looks fine — her hull appeals to me and, I expect, to many others. But I wouldn't describe her as traditional. Certainly she has many features that have appeared on older designs — designs that are now labeled "traditional." She has a clipper bow, trail-boards, a bowsprit, an elliptical stern with a raised taffrail, and a pleasant conventional sheer. These features are nicely blended together and produce a harmonious and attractive appearance. But traditional? The sheer is straighter and higher than it would have been 50 years ago, the clipper bow has less curve to it, and the bowsprit is shorter than the traditional length. Saskianna is a modern design that happens to have a clipper bow with a bowsprit and a conventional sheer with a taffrail.

There are reasons for using traditional elements in this design. You will notice that the boat has a center cockpit, something not found on older traditional designs. King explains that, while the layout below requires having the center cockpit, he is not happy with the idea visually. The taffrail masks the appearance of the center cockpit. The rounded stern and taffrail look better in conjunction with a clipper bow than with a typical modern straight-raked stem. That is the reason for having the clipper bow, but a clipper bow without a bowsprit seems unfinished or incomplete. Add a bowsprit for appearance, and you get a great place to house the anchor. The roller-furling drum can be mounted out of the way, and the furling line can be led aft without tripping up the foredeck crew.

All these "traditional" features have real reasons for being there — not just that King was trying to make the boat look like an L. Francis Herreshoff design. King can design good-looking boats on his own, without having to imitate anyone.

The arrangement below can only be described as sumptuous. The large after cabin is entirely given over to the owner's stateroom, containing a double bunk and a single, and an unusual head layout. The toilet and shower are to starboard in their own enclosure while to port is a large vanity with washbowl and seat. There is room for a good-sized hanging locker. A compan-ionway ladder leads up to the afterdeck, and you can get forward by going through the engineroom, which is under the center cockpit.

Entrance to the forward cabin is by ladder down from the cockpit. At the foot of the ladder, the galley is to starboard — entirely out of the flow of traffic. It has a four-burner stove outboard, and a large counter aft, with a refrigerator underneath. A smaller counter forward contains a double sink and a trash bin. There appears to be a considerable amount of storage space in lockers above and behind the stove and the refrigerator.

On the port side, opposite the galley, there is a wet locker and a navigator's desk with a seat; electronics and a bookshelf are readily at hand. Moving forward, to starboard, you'll find a large, U-shaped settee with a table opposite a big, cushioned lounge area. I am not "sure whether or not to call the latter a bunk; I imagine that it will be used for leisure activities such as reading, but it is certainly big enough to sleep one or two when needed.

Going forward again we come to a two-bunk stateroom that houses upper and lower bunks to port, and a head to starboard. Forward of the head, there is a

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Saskianna

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50'0' 40'10" 15'0" 6'6" 42,000 16,200 Sail area

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Saskianna

Hurley Bilge Keel Sloop

King planned to give Saskianna twin bilge keels, but tests at the Davidson Laboratory predicted disappointing windward ability (a 22 percent reduction of VMG in moderate wind). The designer decided on a shoal fin with a substantial flat to its bottom, which permits the boat "to sit safely on her keel with lateral support only."

A Big, Fast, Modern Cutter seat and a vanity, with lockers and hanging lockers to port and starboard. A watertight bulkhead forms the forward end of the cabin, and a hatch in the forward deck and some bulkhead steps give access to the large forepeak.

Between the two cabins, under the center cockpit, a large engineroom contains a Volvo MD-40A main engine that drives a Hundsted variable-pitch three-blade propeller through a V-drive. On the starboard side of the engineroom there is a generator set and a hot-water heater, while to port is the passageway between cabins. Outboard of the passageway is a large workbench and good stowage for tools and spare parts.

While the arrangement is typical of a center-cockpit layout, it is unusually well done. It would certainly be livable for coastal cruising, providing excellent privacy for two couples. The only problem I see with the layout for offshore sailing is that there are no single berths amidships, where there is the least motion. Wide double bunks can be a problem when it is rough, because it is difficult to wedge oneself in tightly enough to prevent rolling around. The forward ends of the bunks in the after cabin splay outboard because of the shape of the hull. When the boat is heeled over, the forward end of the leeward bunk will be lower than the after ends, and you'll have to sleep head-aft.

The perspective lines drawing indicates that the hull is of modern configuration, having full sections without much deadrise, and a long fin keel. The rudder and its skeg are well aft, with the rudderpost located right at the after end of the waterline. The area of the rudder and skeg is quite large, which should give good control and directional stability, even in rough conditions.

Saskianna was cold-molded using epoxy and four layers of planking. The inner layer is Vs-inch Alaska yellow cedar running fore-and-aft, followed by two diagonal layers of !/4-inch Maine cedar. The outer layer is V* -inch Honduras mahogany, again running fore-and-aft. The deck is of Vs-inch sprung teak over a plywood-and-foam subdeck.

A look at the sail plan shows us a tall, modern cutter rig with a very large foretriangle and a relatively small mainsail. This rig is efficient and powerful, yet not too difficult to handle with a small crew. I think the appearance of the rig suits the hull very well, and it should provide plenty of horsepower to move her under all conditions. Many boats of this size are ketch-rigged, but the added weight and windage of another spar and its rigging, plus the reduced efficiency of the divided rig, are not always good tradeoffs for the benefit of having smaller sails to handle. However, I am a cutter man of long standing, and others may think differently.

Saskianna is large enough to provide a truly comfortable home afloat for extended periods of time. Self-sufficient, seaworthy, and capable of fast passages, she should make an ideal cruiser for those who want — and can afford — to travel first class.

Inquiries should be directed to the designer, Bruce King, P.O. Box 599, Newcastle, ME 04553.

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