NAVAL ARCHITECT'S COMMENTS
MacLear and Harris, Inc
The "Out Island 52" is not a minimum boat, but rather the opposite. Everything is on the generous side, including; elbow room, berth size, stowage volume, head size, number of showers, water and fuel capacity, engine horsepower, reduction gear ratio, propeller diameter, generator capacity, refrigerator compressors (3), freezer volume, heat pumps (with ample cooling and heating), ground tackle and capstan, flying bridge deck area and almost all other desirable characteristics.
The "Out Island 52" design is a development of the best yachts and commercial fishing boats of the world today. Commercial fishing boat hulls were not suitable because their full ends, which are required to carry enormous loads of fish, detract from a pleasure boat's performance. Current power yacht forms were considerably modified because they are inadequate in many respects. They are two weight sensitive and cannot carry sufficient fuel or water. Their shallow draft lets them be blown about by the wind when maneuvering and coming alongside in congested areas or tight spots.
Most power yachts roll far too much and very few have usable and effective steadying sails. Steadying sails were specified because they are reliable and relatively inexpensive and reduce roll considerably in a boat of this size. On the other hand, power stabilizers can be fitted by those who want them. Others may prefer flopper stoppers, or no sails at all, but it seems apparent that steadying sails will best suit many owners. These can now be electrically roller reefing and furling.
It is strongly believed that most power yachts have too much top hamper and look and feel top heavy at sea. While the "Out Island 52" provides a high platform for the skipper and those who want to be high, neither the bow or stern have high deckhouses. Headroom forward is achieved by giving the bow generous freeboard (a healthy characteristic) rather that a large vulnerable glass house (unhealthy). It was deemed a sound principle to create a hull large enough so that you could live in it without having to build a great quantity of deckhouse to accommodate people. Thus the "Out Island 52" has taken some of the healthy characteristics of commercial fishing boats and combined them with the most attractive features of yachts. The proportion of hull volume to superstructure is favorable for a craft that is expected to go anywhere offshore.
The "Out Island 52" draws about one foot more than many yachts of her size on the East Coast, and yet she draws about one and one half feet less than some of the offshore boats on the West Coast. This was considered a good middle road to take, for it provides good seakeeping qualities with virtually with virtually no pounding and yet permits the boat to go into most desirable harbors.
While speed was certainly not a primary factor, it was considered reasonable that the "Out Island 52" be able to go 15% faster than a comparable work boat. She was definitely required to go 200 to 500 percent further than current yachts without refueling. She had to have three times the water capacity of the average yacht 2 feet long.
The bridge is protected from the wind by a giant ventura which is far more effective than anything currently seen on boats of this size. This results in maximum visability with excellent protection from the weather.
The anchor and anchor windlass are "over-sized" by normal standards but provide security and permits the skipper to sleep soundly. The number one anchor is a plow anchor that is self stowing in a bowsprit, and need not be handled. The chain is self stowing and no one needs to go below to tier it down. The chain is over-sized permitting the boat to lie to a shorter scope because the chain's weight provides a better angle for the anchor and more shock absorbing qualities than would a lighter "adequate" chain.
The deeper draft permits the use of larger reduction gear (3 to 1) which results in larger propellers which have the following advantages; more efficient fuel consumption, grips the water better when maneuvering (better stopping power and greater acceleration), slower turning results in less vibration, and deeper propeller less likely to cavitate in high sea conditions. the deeper draft gives directional stability which makes the boat hold a course more steadily and makes her steer like a larger craft in heavy weather. The deeper draft also permits more dead-rise in the forward 2/3 of the vessel (more V) resulting in less pounding and a more gentle roll period.
In summary, the"Out Island 52" is comfortable, able, rugged in every sense, and you can feel that she is "in the water"not rolling around on top of it.