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"Black Dogs" -  A William Atkin Rescue Minor
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"Black Dogs" - A William Atkin Rescue Minor

“Black Dogs” - A William Atkin Rescue Minor

Black Dogs is an example of a Rescue Minor launch designed in the 1940s by William Atkin as an extremely shallow draft boat for military rescue and salvage. It features a unique inverted vee hull with the propeller tucked into the vee. This example of the design was built from plans by Mark Nelson, a skilled carpenter and machinist who built it in 2007 for outings with family and friends on Oregon fresh waters. Construction is marine plywood on frames and stringers. The hull is protected with 6 oz fiberglass layed in epoxy.

The boat is 19 ft-6 inches length, 19 ft waterline length, and 5 ft.-9 inches width. The boat is open for most of it’s length making it an excellent picnic boat and with it’s 6 inch draft it’s capable of being used in shallow estuary and lake waters without concern for grounding. A mahogany swim ladder is stored in the boat and hooks onto the stern when using the boat as a swim platform.

The engine is a 3-cylinder Chevy Sprint gasoline engine marinized with a heat exchanger and seawater pump and mounted in an engine enclosure at the aft end of the boat. The boat runs efficiently and quietly at 10 to 12 knots and is tiller steered.

Since the builder’s death in 2019 the boat has not been used and is stored under cover in Hillsboro, Oregon. Price includes the galvanized EZ loader trailer. It is currently scheduled to be shown at the 2024 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend.

Asking $20,000.

Contact: James Thomas 503-784-2675.