"Buddie II," One Of The Little Ones [1906]

Among the little fliers of 1906 Buddie II will probably make the sharks sit up and take notice. She is decidedly racy in appearance, and her performance shows that she does not belie her looks. She made her first appearance at the Manhasset Bay regatta, and through being untuned was unable to make a finish, but while she was going, her speed figured out to about 20 miles per hour. Since that event, she has been thoroughly tuned up and at her next appearance should do better.

Buddie II was designed and built by William Prout Atkin, of Montclair, N.J. She is 26 feet 6 inches long over all, 25 feet on the water line and has an over all breadth of 4 feet 2 inches, while the water line breadth is 3 feet 10 inches. The graft of the hull is 13 inches; the area of the `midship section 2.1 square feet, and the freeboard 1 foot 4 inches. The deck is highly crowned and the motor, a 34-h. Brownell-Trebert, is well covered by a canvass spray hood. Buddie II is lightly built, but owing to good design and careful workmanship is amply strong for the purposes for which she is intended. The keel is of white oak; the frames 5/8 x 3/4 inches , spaced on 8-inch centres; the stringers, of white pine 2 inches by 2 inches, are let over the ribs and back each seam, there being four on each side. The deck clamps are also 2 x 2 inches white pine; the planking is 1/4 inch mahogany, 5 strakes to each side. She has six 1-inch angle frames spaced at even intervals throughout the hull. The deck beams are of white wood 7/8 inch x 2 inches and the decking 5/16 white wood covered with canvass. She is fastened throughout with brass screws or copper rivets, and the flooring, grating, coaming, seats and all other joiner work are of mahogany. She is painted a dull gray above the water-line and the bottom is covered with red racing compound. Her arrangement shows the motor placed well forward, with the tank aft, and two seats, the forward one being for the engineer and the after one for the steersman. It is expected that she will be entered and raced in all the season's regattas at which she is eligible.

(Transcribed from The Motor Boat, July 10, 1906, p. 28. )

[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page --LF]


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