Reuben Tranes ultimate micro

Nimble Boats

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

14' 2" 16' 2" 13' 3" 0' 9"/3' 0" 24' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 31%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Reuben Trane

Fla. Bay Boats; Nimble Boats

1985-2003

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,100 lbs.

Designer Trane says he conceived this boat "after a good New Year's Eve party" as a small, beachable, easy-to-use microcruiser. The "Peep" has the smallest LOD in this book, though she's far from smallest in usable space. In fact, her big freeboard and beam give her second-best space versus the comps shown here. Best features: Very shallow draft with centerboard up is good for exploring shoal waters. She's easily trailerable (approximate towing weight 1,100 pounds), and short enough to fit into a standard sized garage.

Self-bailing cockpit is deep and comfortable. She has a relatively spacious interior for her size—though 14 feet is about the absolute minimum for living aboard, even for a weekend and in protected waters. Boom gallows is a handy feature, as is an optional bimini and cockpit enclosure that zips to the bimini. Worst features: Price new was high, headroom low compared to comps. Tanbark sails and a high, boxy hull with a wide sheer stripe may make her look cute, but few would call her graceful.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

West Wight Potter 15

15' 0"

5' 6"

0' 7"

475

85

18.1

161

NA

4.5

5.8

103

2

3' 9"

Peep Hen 14

14' 2"

6' 4"

0' 9"

650

200

24.5

125

NA

4.9

6.3

167

2

3' 3"

Precision 165 (16)

15' 8"

7' 2"

1' 9"

750

250

28.1

94

NA

5.2

5.4

173

2

3' 6"

Montgomery 15

15' 0"

6' 4"

1' 3"

750

275

23.6

144

NA

4.9

7.2

125

2

4' 0"

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