Another installment of "interesting to me" boat designs… trailerable but "real boats".

Chesapeake Marine Design Redwing 34 Tug is a new cabin/topside design for the older "lobster boat" looking Redwing 34. Nice looking boat, with a couple of downsides. Plans are a bit higher priced. More importantly, the beam is 10′, thus making problems for trailering. Lastly the hull design is pretty flat-bottomed and skiff like (?).

Devlin CZARINNA 30′ – This is a smaller version of Devlin’s Sockeye. It’s shorter, less displacement (thus cheaper to build), has that great looking fantail stern (although that’s going to cut down a bit in on-board space and add to build complexity). Beam is a nicely trailerable 8’6". I can see removing the designed internal engines and using Re-E-Power pods with the batteries where the engines were designed to be.

Chesapeake Marine Design Trailer Trawler 28

Specifications:
Length 28′-0"
Beam 8′-6"
Draft 2′-6"
Weight 11,000lbs
Power 40 hp

Another trailerable sized craft… power requirements look like electric might be do-able, although with all of these the space to put solar cells is a bit limited. PassageMaker’s recent Trailerable Trawlers article liked this design also.


Tom MacNaughton also has several tugs in his collection… some nice boats, but most are a little short or beamier than I’m looking for. He does bring up the interesting idea of having a liveaboard barge to go with your small tug… anchor the barge and explore in the tug. Interesting.

Take a look at the following links for more info:

Tugs, Barges & Freighters

Bantam 18 Modest harbor tug and work boat

Evening Song 25 Live aboard house boat barge for the tug to push

Bufflehead 22 A real little cruising tug for two

Evening Hush 32 A very large live aboard barge for tug boat living

Osprey 30 – A liveaboard tug for four

Puffin 36 A family freighter

Merganser 40 A very substantial steel commercial tug