Yacht Design - a primer

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  • LOA---42' 10"
  • LWL---38' 0"
  • BEAM---12' 11"
  • DRAFT---5' 6"
  • BALLAST---11000 lbs.
  • SAIL AREA---1048 sq. ft.
  • DISPLACEMENT---35000 lbs.
  • SA/DISPL RATIO---15.7
  • TANKS---180 gals. Fuel, 275 gals. Water

A 43' Motorsailer for steel construction
Brewer Design #142

The ALASKA was designed for an owner who wanted an economical, double chine, steel motorsailer suited for extensive cruising as well as live aboard use. The ALASKA is the result.

Despite her motorsailer design, her long waterline, well cutaway keel and tall, efficient rig will ensure good performance within the limits of her modest draft and husky displacement.

Featuring accommodations for 7-8 in four separate cabins, ALASKA is well suited to live aboard use and long range cruises.

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The stall shower, large galley, inside controls and diesel galley stove will add much comfort for the crew as well. Ten dorade vents, twelve opening ports, and three skylight/hatches will provide adequate ventilation in all weathers.

The cockpit is on the small side but much of the time at the helm will be spent in the pilot house or on auto pilot. The flush deck offers ample lounging space in good weather, while the high bulwarks provide security in heavy going.

The mast is tabernacle stepped since the owner's plans called for European canal cruising in a few years. The rig is strongly stayed, of course, with double spreaders and intermediate backstays.



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Economy was given considerable weight in the design. The double chine steel hull is, definitely, the least expensive of any one-off construction and the flush decks further simplify construction and reduce costs. There is little woodwork on deck to add to cost, or maintenance either.

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Power is by a very fuel miserly Saab diesel of 30 h.p. However, larger engines up to 60-70 bhp can be fitted if preferred. In any case, the ALASKA will be easily driven due to her very long waterline so her generous fuel tankage assures a respectable cruising range.

The sailor looking for a versatile, simple-to-build and economical long range cruiser should give ALASKA a second glance.


Study Plans: $95 US

Complete Plans: $1095 US

Ordering Information


Study plans contain sufficient drawings to price out materials or obtain a professional bid; the cost of study plans is credited if complete plans are later ordered. Complete plans include rights to build one boat, plus reasonable consultation during construction.




Brewer Yacht Designs
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Agassiz, BC
Canada VOM 1A3
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