TOP HAT - a 26' Vee bottom launch

Good speed and sea keeping ability with low impact & noise

Top Hat outboard engine version

TOP HAT traces her heritage to the vee bottom boats designed by William. Hand in the early 1900s. Her lines, construction and propulsion have be updated, but the essential virtues remain - seaworthy and seakindly performance, good speeds with modest horsepower, handsome looks and ease of construction.

Top Hat inboard diesel engine version

A 50 HP Honda outboard in a well gives very quiet operation, easy maintenance and good handling in reverse. Also shown is an alternative inboard engine version.

Plans are well detailed, and consist of 8 sheets: outboard profile, lines & offsets, inboard construction profile, constructions sections, building jig, two detail sheets, and inboard diesel construction.

A CD of photos in JPEG format taken during the construction of the prototype is available and will be a help to all builders.


LOA - 26' 5"
BEAM - 7' 3"
DRAFT, motor up - 15"
DISPLACEMENT, outboard version - 3200 lb
HULL TYPE - Vee bottom chine
CONSTRUCTION - Strip plank topsides, double plywood bottom over sawn frames.
SUITABLE FOR - Somewhat protected waters.
PROPULSION - 50 HP Honda outboard or diesel inboard
SPEED - Up to 18 kt.
SKILL REQUIRED - Intermediate

ALSO AVAILABLE: Photo CD, $50.00
OTHER REFERENCES - Design review by Robert Stephens in WoodenBoat #168, p. 86.



Click here to download free Top Hat Study Plans (2.4MB Acrobat PDF file).
Includes specifications, sample plans, and sample photos from the Photo CD.


PLANS DETAIL - Above average
PLANS COST - $300.00 plus S&H


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