The Oyster Cracker has all the features the discriminating flats fisherman desires.Deck configurations can also be custom tailored to your needs. Shallow draft, uncanny fuel-efficiency , total weed less ness, and environmentally friendly running are some of the strong points that this boat offers.
Her uncanny fuel efficiency is due to a three cylinder Kubota , diesel motor. This ultra-clean burning motor surpasses California emissions for the year 2015 ! At 12 mph. cruise, the dependable power-plant burns less than 1/2 gallon an hour. Fuel consumption does not change much at 18.mph. top speed.That's over 30 miles a gallon!
With two men and gear, the boat floats in 10" and maintains a 8 " draft at any speed.This unique tunnel-hull does not need a " hole shot". The boat will run over a floating crab trap warp without tangling.The 10 inch prop is well protected and totally weed less. Thick Lilly pads and grass are pushed to the side. Hydrilla is no match and is chopped to bits.
The Oyster Cracker as shown is loaded with features. The elevated console has a built in tackle center. Leaning-post w/rod holders, Large forward casting deck with live well in step, Rear casting deck, and optional live well- cooler.raw water wash down pump w/ hose storage. Tee Top w/rod holders. Under gunnel lites and rod storage. Cockpit is self bailing. This boat was designed to be easy to maintain.Cooling of the motor is accomplished with a keel cooler. This is a closed cooling system. It eliminates the problems associated with raw water cooling. The motor compartment is an "oilers" dream. Easy access to motor from front and rear. There is a small pump on the motor for changing oil.
Environmentally friendly aspects include:
Well protected prop that will not scar grass beds and is manatee friendly; ; Mercuery-free bilge pump switch. The ultra-efficient motor will even burn bio diesel fuel; and boasts an incredible efficiency of over 30 mpg (less than 1/2 gallon per hour). She actually surpasses California emissions standards for the year 2015!
Oyster Cracker is not a plastic boat. These boats are built to last and survive many hard groundings in our rocky coastal environment. Her innovative epoxy-plywood composite construction has proven to yield a superior and far stronger hull then those slick poly-production boats. Competitive boats, both sail and power, have discontinued the use of all glass construction in favor of the epoxy-wood composites. The reason is simple. After repeated use, the "all-glass" boats soften. They become less responsive. This is due to cyclical loading. Marine grade plywood can withstand 700 times the cyclical loading and still maintain its original strength. High quality, growth sustainable marine plywood is used as a core material. This wood is totally encapsulated in epoxy and cloth - inside and out.
The Oyster Cracker has a unique tunnel hull. Water to the tunnel is supplied from both sides of the hull instead of from the bottom. The boat does not have to be built light weight to achieve optimal shallow draft. The bottom of this boat is over 1 inch thick! A fabric called Xynole covers the bottom. This product has a greater abrasion resistance than Kevlar. Even after a hard grounding, your need for repairs, if any, will be limited to the bottom paint only.
The 10 inch propeller is well protected by a large foot or sole plate. It does not protrude below the boat. The 25 hp Kubota diesel motor by Beta Marine is ultra-clean burning and incredibly efficient in this installation. These motors are built to last a lifetime. When your buddy is changing out his high dollar outboard, you will be changing the oil in your dependable little motor.
Please remember; Storm Port Boatworks main priority is to deliver the highest quality and value in the boat you desire. All of our boats are built with the environment in mind. Boats are built one at a time.Your boat will be tailored to your activities on the water. Ordering a boat from Storm Port Boatworks makes you a leader in the "Green Revolution".You can be proud that you are reducing the impact to our fragile marine environment. You will be able to enjoy boating at a fraction of the cost of any boat of comparable size. Show people you care. You are aware!
The Classic Cracker has the same construction and performance capabilities of her sister ship with out the bells and whistles. This boat has limitless commercial or tender possibilities. She is also a good example of how deck configurations can be customized to suit the potential owner. The Classic Cracker is truer in style to the Atkin Rescue Minor. I do not sell plans. They are available from atkinboatplans.com Plans for a model of similar size to my boats are available from bateau.com