1990 Harry Bryan Handy Billy V-Bottom Launch
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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / Other
- Located In:
- Edgecomb, ME
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 12,500
- Sale Pending
Between the years 1900 and 1920 William Hand developed v-bottomed runabouts designed to make the best use of the motors available at the time. The hull shape was developed to contend with the short steep seas and stiff breezes of Buzzard's Bay off Hand's home port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Harry Bryan has taken Hand's successful work and blended it with modern power technology to create a new design while always keeping the following principles in mind: the boat must be seaworthy, it should be highly efficient in its use of fuel, it should be unusually quiet, and it must be good looking.
Please contact Annie Gray at 207-363-7997
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Harry Bryan, St. George, New Brunswick
Designer: Harry Bryan/William H. Hand
LOA: 21 ft 0 in
Beam: 5 ft 10 in
Minimum Draft: 1 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 1 ft 6 in
Engine Brand: Honda outboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Other
BUILDER´S COMMENTS: Between the years 1900 and 1920 William Hand developed v-bottomed runabouts designed to make the best use of the motors available at the time. The hull shape was developed to contend with the short steep seas and stiff breezes of Buzzard’s Bay off Hand’s home port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Harry Bryant has taken Hand’s successful work and blended it with modern power technology to create a new design while always keeping the following principles in mind: the boat must be seaworthy, it should be highly efficient in its use of fuel, it should be unusually quiet, and it must be good looking.
Year of Vessel (1990) needs to be confirmed.
Gray hull, black sheer stripe, red bottom.
Varnished oak coamings; varnished king plank and toerails.
Painted buff interior.
Painted gray sole in cockpit.
The launch is built with essentially the same techniques used by William Hand eighty years ago. The batten seam hull is planked with northern white cedar over oak frames and keel. Ash, oak, hackmatack, spruce and black locust are used where appropriate.
SEAWORTHINESS: Hand’s v-bottomed craft had a high easy entry for meeting the waves and moderate beam flowing to a narrow transom sitting at the water’s surface. Moderate beam and a narrow transom give efficiency at low and medium speeds. These features have been abandoned by the modern outboard runabout which drags its wide or deep-v transom at the slow speeds dictated by crowded conditions or rough water. The presumed safety of fast planing boats comes from an assumption that one can reach shelter quickly when the weather deteriorates. In truth, their high speed can’t be maintained when the going gets rough. The hulls that Hand developed did not skip along on the surface of the water like fully planing hulls. They will, however, knife through the water at well over displacement speeds. In 1908 he launched the “Squke”, and 18 footer which achieved 16 miles per hour with a 10 hp motor. Hand commented that he could recommend the boats without reservation as wholesome, steady, fine little sea boats, capable of really surprising speed. As the v-bottom concept evolved and more powerful motors became available, other designers such as John L. Hacker, George Crouch, and C. Raymond Hunt led the way with wider, faster (but less seakindly) boats. In these new developments, the soft, sweet, loping ride of the early Hand designed boats was left behind. We believe we have captured what was lost and offer it in our new launch.
QUIET OPERATION: Motor boats have always carried with them the burden of noise. There are some people who consider noise a fine thing and create exhaust systems that maximize sound, presumably to impress others. Our launch has been created for those who think otherwise. Noise is stress, both for the occupants of the boat and those within hearing range of its operation. While four cycle engines are inherently quieter than two cycle, we have gone beyond this by placing the engine within the hull and surrounding it with acoustic insulation. The result is probably the most quiet outboard boat on the market. The benefit is easy conversation, greater awareness of surroundings, and far less intrusion on others.
- 25 hp Honda outboard engine, 4 cycle.
- 2 – 6.6 gallon portable fuel tanks.
- Ritchie compass.
- 2 fenders.
- 3 dock lines.
- Automatic bilge pump.
- Hour meter.
- Humminbird depthsounder.
- Cplath compass.
- Danforth anchor & rode.
- Bronze spoked wheel.
- Springfield helmseat-leaning post.
- Aft cockpit seat.
- Beige Sunbrella console cover.
- Sunbrella gray cushions with red piping.
- Weems & Plath waterproof clock.
- Bronze hardware.
- Varnished mahogany console top.
Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.