The owner built Low Cay (Low Key) for use in the flats and
on the reefs in Belize. Every decision made in the planning and
construction was based on creating a tough, seaworthy, economical,
shallow draft boat that could be driven onto a beach and backed back
off. Nothing that matched those goals was readily available. At
least the owner could not find it if it did. So, he decided if it was
going to happen, he would have to make it a bit of an experiment.
Low Cay has turned out to be a successful experiment based on
the William Atkin WWII crash boat Rescue Minor, and inspired
by Robb White’s experience with his own version of this Atkin design.
Robb White also called his boat Rescue Minor; but the boat
actually differs from the original in significant ways. You can see
and read about Robb White’s boat at www.robbwhite.com
and in WoodenBoat number 189. There is an article by Atkin
about Rescue Minor from Motor Boating, which the
owner received as part of the plans package he purchased from
www.atkinboatplans.com. The owner actually bought plans for two boats
at the time, Rescue Minor and Shoals
Runner. Although Shoals Runner is the length the
owner preferred, he chose to attempt his version of Rescue
Minor for a number of reasons. The main one being
that Shoals Runner was designed in the 1950s as a
lightly-built recreational boat, whereas, Rescue Minor was
designed in the early 1940s as a stout, war-service crash boat.
It was important to the owner when planning Low Cay to
retain the advantages of the Atkin design, shallow draft, protected
propeller and rudder, efficiency with low power, strength, and
seaworthiness. But at the same time, he wanted to build the boat as a
strip plank, epoxy composite, sheathed inside and out with glass cloth
as White did. The other major change is in the length. The Atkin
design is 19’ 6” overall. The owner wanted a boat with an overall
length around 22’. He spent a bit of time worrying this issue,
primarily with respect to the tunnel configuration, but also with
respect to beam. After studying the hulls of both Rescue
Minor and Shoals Runner, he finally stretched the
Atkin design by 10%, with proportionate changes to the tunnel and box
keel. And, he did this without any change in beam. Low
Cay has a resulting length overall of 21’ 8”. His hope was that
one effect of this additional length would be to limit the slight out
of trim issue that Robb White experienced at higher speed with his
version of the design. Low Cay in fact runs perfectly flat at any
speed. So the additional buoyancy forward did solve the issue that
Robb White discussed in the WoodenBoat article.
The forward and aft compartments are water tight when latched
closed making the boat nearly unsinkable. As with the
original Rescue Minor, the boat can be lifted using only
the bow and stern eyes. All deck hardware is stainless steel and
through-bolted. The stainless steel and Sunbrella bimini top can be
positioned either forward or aft using the deck track.
The owner’s website’s for the boat can be found in the links below:
Please watch the Youtube walk through video in the link below:
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