Js there anyone who hasn't daydreamed of owning a snappy little open powerboat — something that looks great, goes fast, and makes a noise like Vroom? A boat that will get you from here to there in nothing flat, and will make you feel like the Aga Khan (or the Begum) when you shwoosh into Northeast Harbor, or Newport, or Key West, or wherever it is you want to make a bit of a splash. Sure you have, you're just a little reluctant to admit to the showoff inside your buttoned-down self.
Well, Charley, here's the boat for you! Nothing ostentatious or vulgar — not at all. In fact, this little gem is very refined and genteel, but believe me, heads will turn as you carve a lovely elliptical curve of a wake coming around the point on the way to the head of the harbor. Her gleaming varnished mahogany and ash, and the polished hardware, will add to the visual joys of the scene.
The Lincoln 28 is an elegant piece of work, both in design and construction. Her design is by C.W. Paine Yacht Design, Inc. of Camden, Maine. She was built by Bob Lincoln of RKL Boatworks, Mount Desert, Maine.
Paine's office is best known for designing handsome cruising sailboats, but in recent years there have been several solid powerboat designs, including the Able 40/42, credited to this busy firm. I mention the Able boat because I see a distinct similarity in design and looks between the Lincoln 28 and the larger sibling. Both have single-chined bottoms with straight sections, low-angle deadrise at the stern (10 degrees and 12 degrees, respectively) twisting into fine forward sections with lots of deadrise. The after ends of the buttock lines are virtually straight and nearly parallel to the D WL, making for a hull that will run easily and is capable of speed/length ratios in the range of 3 to 6 (up to 30 knots for the Lincoln 28). A boat of this type will run with the bow up a few degrees, as the buttocks must take on some angle of attack relative to the water in order to achieve planing.
The bottom is entirely free of lifting strakes, chine flats, or external skegs. When the underwater design is right, and the hull and the powerplant are well matched, such devices are not needed.
I asked Mark Fitzgerald of Chuck Paine's office what were the principal criteria for the design of this boat, and he told me fun and good looks. It isn't often that an owner has his ideas so clearly and simply defined. And aren't these the qualities we should all be seeking in a pleasure boat?
A look at the outboard profile shows that a good deal of time and thought were spent to make the boat attractive. The sheer is strong, with a high bow for dryness, while the stern kicks up only slightly from the low point of the sheer, which is well aft. In plan view, the beam at the transom is somewhat less than you might find on many powerboats, thus avoiding the heavy-sterned look now so prevalent in highly powered craft. The transom is particularly interesting, as it is crowned rather heavily in the athwartship plane, and slightly crowned in the vertical plane. This gives a distinctive look not often seen in small yachts.
The windshield is nicely done. Its profile is kept low, and the side windows are carried well aft to emphasize
Particulars, Lincoln 28
DWL Displ 6,670 lbs
The Lincoln 28's hull lines show a single-chined bottom with straight sections, no lifting strokes, and 10-degree deadrise at the transom. (Note: The skeg drawn here might be used with conventional inboard power installations. It was not fitted to the inboard/outboard-powered prototype.)
A Modern Maine Picnic Boat the low, sleek look, and to protect those sitting in the aft seats. I might have been tempted to rake the forward windshield a bit more, but who's to say it would look better? It is certainly very handsome as is. The cockpit is well centered fore-and-aft in the boat, and is laid out with four swiveling chairs that have small lockers with countertops between them on each side. Under the forward deck there is room for a 6-foot 6-inch V-berth, with a marine toilet under a hinged cover in between.
The first boat, pictured here, was built with a Volvo 275-horsepower V-8 gasoline engine with stern drive, housed under a big hatch right aft. This leaves the center of the boat free from mechanical distractions, and gives the clean layout shown. Apparently, the boat can also be powered with a standard marine engine amidships driving a propeller through the usual shaft-and-strut arrangement, but you would lose the large and uncluttered lounging space in the cockpit as designed.
Fitzgerald had nothing but praise for the Volvo powerplant, and particularly the Duoprop stern-drive unit. He says the counter-rotating propellers give a very quick rise onto a plane, and allow sharp turns without any sign of cavitation. He claims the powerplant did much toward satisfying the fun part of the design equation.
Bob Lincoln is well known for building elegant canoes and small rowing craft. This boat was one of his early ventures into larger projects. The hull construction is cold-molded, with much use of epoxy glue. Planking starts with '/2-inch by 1 '/-inch Honduras mahogany strips, covered by three layers of '/-inch veneer. The inner layers are diagonal red cedar, while the outer layer is mahogany laid fore-and-aft to look like traditional planking. The bottom is internally stiffened with a 1 '/-inch-thick hull girder on each side. At the after end, these are doubled in thickness to 3 inches and serve as engine beds. Amidships, these girders spread apart to cradle the 100-gallon gasoline tank under the cockpit floor.
The side decks are '/-inch plywood covered with fiberglass and painted white. The forward deck and the after engine hatches are laid mahogany strips with white epoxy in the seams, and finished bright. Trim is a combination of mahogany and ash, with most surfaces varnished. All this varnish means spring fitting out will be lengthy and costly, but if you want to feel like the Aga Khan, the price must be paid.
For taking a picnic to the outer islands, or just for an afternoon romp on the bay, I find it difficult to imagine a better way to travel.
You can reach the designers at C. W. Paine Yacht Design, Inc., P.O. Box 763, Camden, ME 04843.
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