Drascombe Drifter 22, Between 1977 & 1986 the Drascombe range included the Drifter, a long keel/bilge plate boat designed by John Watkinson. We commissioned Paul Fisher of Selway-Fisher to revise John’s design to suit our 21st century evolution of the proven & popular Drascombe tradition & bring it firmly into the trailer-sailer family. Although our prototype was in wood epoxy, all the production boats are GRP. She has twin drop keels to achieve both the shallow draft necessary for easy launch & recovery & the clear cockpit & cabin space of the original boat. These keels are located in the cockpit sidebench lockers, extending forward discreetly in front of the galley & storage areas. Each of these weigh 65 kg & are raised & lowered easily using a purpose designed, safe winch. We have also evolved our brilliant swinging cradle trailer into a twin axle trailer specifically tailored to her so that she can be launched & recovered by one person. Her sail plan is loose footed gunter yawl with Sitka Spruce spars & tan sails. She provides great light airs performance & will hold full sail up into F5 with great stiffness & stability. Reefing main & jib has allowed her to be enjoyed in F7. Her stiffness & stability inspires great confidence. Her balance under jib & mizzen is just what you would expect from a Drascombe. The drop-plate rudder allows genuine shallow water sailing. With both drop keels & rudder drop plate up, she floats in 16" of water & can crawl up the shallowest of gullies. Auxiliary power is a 6-8 hp outboard motor in a dedicated well positioning the prop in front of the rudder but kicking up to be clear of the water when sailing. We are using a Yamaha 8hp 4stroke twin cylinder with sailpower prop. A lovely smooth engine, easy to start, powerful & reliable. Easy to get rope & plastic bags off the prop, too! No need to even think about inboard diesels or electric starters! Cabin accommodation provides two comfortable singles or a very large double berth, cooking & toilet facilities. My boat also has a full 40 litre compressor fridge & a hot shower! A sprayhood is an integral part of the design. A cockpit tent may be added to increase her practicality at anchor. A season sailing the prototype followed by several seasons in production boats has proved that she has excellent hull stiffness, a well balanced rig & a very safe, sheltered, comfortable cockpit. In addition to the drop keels, she has a heavy lead shoe let into the shallow skeg which contributes greatly to her stiffness. She is more than just a boat that sails well. She is a lifestyle created for those who want the freedom & economy of trailer-sailing plus a comfortable, grown-up cruiser with space, ease of movement & full life support facilities. Her cabin space belies her size & she has been called Tardis! She has a self-draining cockpit which requires a bulkhead between cockpit & cabin to prevent down-flooding. We have made this to drop down into the cockpit sole when at anchor so that access around the boat is unimpeded. Drascombe Drifter 22, Drifter 22 on the beach, Price: £34,395 Inc VAT, Date: 10.06.2015, Enquire, Features, Specifications, Downloads, Video, Overall length 6.70 22'0", Waterline length 5.88 19'3", Beam 2.25 7’3”, Draft (drop-keels up) 0.40 1'4", Draft (drop-keels down) 1.05 3'5", Sailing weight 1200 kg 2650 lb, All up towing weight 1800kg 3970 lb, GRP hull & decks. Laid up in polyester resin with gelcoat finishes, reinforced at strategic points with either additional lay-up or core-mat. Hull in white. Decks, cabin inner moulding, cabin hatch cover & locker hatch covers in light grey. Self draining anchor well set in foredeck. Fuel & gas lockers, isolated & ventilated in aft deck. Cockpit side bench locker lids, Built in buoyancy of two pack polyurethane foam in closed compartments. All the fitted hull joinery in Iroko, finished with Burgess woodsealer. The hull has an Iroko keel plank & protective stemband. Keel ballast fitted. Full suit of terylene sails & set of varnished spruce spars. Jib is hanked on. Mainsail has two sets of reefing points. All required standing & running rigging, mainsheet track & traveller. Mastband & cranse iron are stainless steel. Standing rigging is 1 x 19 SS wire, talurit eye spliced. Bottle screws on shrouds & bobstay. Twin galvanised steel drop-keels. Transom hung rudder with controllable drop plate. Drop keels individually controlled by winches. Handle supplied (also used for jib sheet winch, if specified). Sampson post on foredeck. Rudder in hardwood & marine ply with galvanised mild steel controllable drop plate. Tiller head, two aft mooring cleats, pair of forward mooring cleats, pair of aft mooring fairleads in bronze (or stainless steel as an extra cost option). Stainless steel stemhead fitting to locate bowsprit. Stainless steel tabernacle for mast. The mainsheet traveller is in stainless steel. Jibsheet camcleats on coaming. (Binnacle option includes jib sheet winch.), Sliding jibsheet fairleads & blocks are by Barton. Other deck fittings are a combination of black nylon or stainless steel. One pair long teak grab handles fitted to cabin roof, Cabin inner moulding forming bunk supports & drop keel casing covers in GRP, same colour as deck. Inside of cabin left bare. (See fitting out options.), Bronze cabin windows fitted, one long, one round per side. Varnished ply doors & hinged washboard. Cabin hatch lid fitted with brass hasp & staple. Cabin sole boards in marine plywood. Conduit from aft locker, through side bench, into cabin as route for electric cabling. She meets RCD regulations for Category C (coastal) for 6 adults. There is a list of pre-defined options on the price list but other items of equipment or special fit out can be introduced by discussion. CBL reserve the right to modify this specification when required, up until the point that an order is placed.