Shallow draft, seaworthinessand comfort are combined inthis 18-foot auxiliary sloop.
By J. A. Donohue
ACK in 1940, the boating editor
of MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED un-
dertook to design and build aboat to meet the requirements of a majority of readers as indicatedby their letters. It seems that prac-tically everybody wanted a boatwith an engine and a vast majorityliked sailing, so it was quicklysettled that the boat should haveboth sail and power. Then too,most people wanted a boat of mod-erate size and ample beam with aroomy cockpit for fishing and acomfortable cabin for overnighttrips; shallow draft was desired,so that a dinghy would not beneeded and the boat might bebeached if necessary; V-bottomhulls were first choice because of their seaworthiness and ease of construction; a fair turn of speedwas wanted, both under sail andpower; and last, but far from least,the boat had to be well built atmoderate cost and have a good salevalue. How well the designer metthe requirements is evidenced bythe continued popularity of theoriginal Bonnie.Some fourteen years later, Dick Donohue, of Seattle, Wash., wasone of those who liked the looks of Bonnie. He bought a set of plans