Drake, Clint Chase’s first, and one of his best looking, rowboats is 17’ 4” (5.3m) long, (15’ 3” [4.6m LWL]), 4’ 2” (1.25m) wide, 6” (0.15m) draft and 12½” (0.32m) depth amidships.
|Clint Chase's Drake|
The sail area of the downwind sail (“Squgsail”) is 60 square feet (5.6 square meters). The hull weighs approximately 110 lb (50Kg), made with 1/4” (6mm) Okume. She is available in both kit and plans only form.
|Drake Perspective View|
Drake has a full length shallow keel which enables her to be sailed on a beam reach… no centerboard nor leeboards necessary. The sail is truly auxiliary power to a pure rowing boat.
|Drake Sailing Downwind|
Though designed to be a fixed seat rower, the interior (see construction photo below) could be made to accommodate a sliding seat/rigger.
|Interior during Construction|
Clint designed her to “…take care of (the rower) in open water.” He has made many passages across Casco Bay in Maine which is notorious for rough conditions due to tides and winds.
|Rowing in Whitecaps|
Drake can certainly be used as an open oar cruiser, either sleeping on board (with one or two thwarts removable and sleeping platform added) or shore camping. However, to make an ‘oar cruiser’ as defined in this blog, I would add skin-on-frame decking, a shelter and floorboards to provide a sleeping platform.
As Clint states…
“Drake was certainly inspired by a number of boats by reputable designers. But I wanted to go leaner and faster than the other traditional fixed-seat rowboat plans showed and I had already learned that a great rowboat must also be lightweight.”He’s accomplished his design requirements with a beautiful, fast boat that could be easily converted into a fully realized Oar Cruiser.
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