Full Size Printed Plans
LENGTH 34 INCH
MULTI CHANNEL RADIO CONTROL
Full Size Printed Plan on a Sheet 44” x 31”
Five page article includes Notes & Photos
BY BOB NELSON
Backbone of commercial fishing fleets from Maine to Virginia, the dragger is a hard working vessel. Built 50 to 75 years ago in the days of sail, these stout wooden hulled boats continue to put to sea even though their ancient bones now rattle with modern diesel engines. So good is the basic hull design it is still used for many modern trawlers and fishing boats.
Our model is patterned after boats having Manasquan, New Jersey as their home base. These boats vary from 50 to 100 feet in length. No two are alike as it is the custom for individual owners to obtain an old hull and rebuild to suit their particular needs. The Kingfisher is used primarily for scallop fishing. These boats travel about 8 to 12 miles off the Jersey shore to drag for scallops on the ocean bottom, The skid (or trawl board) is pulled along ahead of the net to stir up the bottom. The net catches whatever is stirred up, then is raised to the deck where the scallops are sorted.
Generally this operation is conducted at a fair speed. Should the net or skid hang up on a wreck or rock, the boat is in danger of being capsized since the drag is carried from its boom tip. Back in the mid '50s one Jersey Coast dragger had the unpleasant experience of hooking the biggest catch of all... the submarine Nautilus running submerged! There were some frantic moments aboard the dragger while the crew cut themselves loose to prevent being capsized and towed under. The atom powered Nautilus had but a few paint scratches when it arrived in New London, Connecticut with some of the dragger's gear still caught on the "sail."
Our model, not an exact copy since plans are impossible to obtain, is patterned after the 75 footers "Kingfisher" and "North Star." Because of balsa construction and the resulting buoyancy the depth of the underbody has been reduced one third, so that your hull will ride at its proper water line without too much ballast,
Construction is similar to the real boats: keel, frames, and planking. It has no quickie short cuts; building will require care and patience.
Hull is built upside down over a jig used to position frames and keel. Basic part of jig is a flat pine board 1 x 6 x 36 inches. Centerline and each frame location are marked on the board. Strips of 1 x 2 and I x 3" are nailed on edge across the board at each frame location line. Length of cross strips which hold frames upright should be slightly less than full width of particular frame.