An Atlantic Packet
A packet like this would make crossings in about fifteen days, in the right conditions, maybe twelve. I could see runs from Boston or Portland to Shannon, Ireland where passengers could make rail connections to take them across Europe and beyond.
This accommodation profile suggests a possible interior layout. There are six cabins and a crew berth space and a head forward. Aft is a salon and galley and more heads. The wheelhouse has a spacious seating and eating area and there’s a heating stove in a cabin/lounge right at the center of motion just aft of amidships. This arrangement is intended to provide a combination of private sleeping compartments and useful public spaces.
There are a pair of electric motors powering two folding props to deal with near-shore calms and harbor currents. The square-topped fully battened ketch rig with its two reaching spinnakers has plenty of power and is easily handled. This packet will do best reaching where planing speeds can be attained. This rig will also sail well closer to the wind.
This is far from a completed design. It is an exploration of a concept. It raises more questions than it answers. Perhaps the most important of these is how it brings us to look at design and its implications in a different light. We are conditioned to salivate over innovations. We expect that we should overthrow whatever stability we have found in a way of doing things just because someone has thought of something new. We worship the disruptive nature of the fruits of Progress.
This design, all my designs; ask whether we can find a valued purpose for our time on the water. Can we imagine a different way of living with boats that is not destructive and disruptive? How can we use the power that boats have over our imaginations; and the qualities they provide us with; in ways that bring us together and help heal the fragmentation engulfing us?
These designs are challenges. Not dares. They challenge us to imagine how we can use boats to help us integrate our lives. How boats can aid us in living with purpose. How boats inspire us to rise to the occasion.
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