(Boat photographs courtesy of Robert Mason)
Robert Mason of Florida wanted a version of William Atkin's Rescue Minor, an unusual powerboat designed in the 1940's that features a tunnel hull. The inboard prop is completely enclosed in a tunnel aft. Robb White, a boat builder from Georgia, built and wrote about this design for WoodenBoat magazine. He said that he abandoned Atkin's lines and essentially faired the hull on the building moulds. I can understand why, since Atkin's published plans simply do not show all the details of this boat's underbody aft. The client also had some other changes that he wanted topsides, such as more tumblehome in the stern, and I was able to work out these changes, and complete the detail of the tunnel, on the lofting. Mason did an excellent job building the boat in late 2006, and he says BAR HOPPER performs beautifully.