Ted Gozzard writes "My drawings show very little detail. I do drawings only for the sake of doing the calculations and draw the interior in final form only after the boat is built. I much prefer the lofting table, the workbench and the inside of a bare hull over the drawings board when it comes to designing a new boat."
Ted's a successful builder so we won't argue with the approach he prefers. In fact, I don't know a designer who wouldn't prefer to sit around in the unfinished hull, sketching and mocking up in order to maximize the interior design. Still, well prepared drawings can bring you a long way on the road to a well-laid-out interior and a boat with carefully predicted performance. Ted chooses the more pragmatic approach that is very typical of builder-designers. Regardless of the system used, the final product is always the test, and the Gozzard yachts are always beautifully detailed and built with uncommon pride.
The 44 is a direct development of the other Gozzard boats. The look is classic with clipper bow, quarter rail, trailboards and bowsprit. The hull form shows moderate proportions with a half angle of entry at the bow of 22 degrees. The waterline is 37 feet and the displacement is 30,000 pounds, giving us a D/L of 264. The keel is a long fin giving a draft of 5 feet 4 inches. The rudder hangs on a skeg faired into the keel.
One of the more interesting aspects of this hull is the engine blister. This is a portion of the hull just above the apex of the skeg/keel intersection that is bulged out to allow the engine to be pushed farther down into the hull. This has been done before. I have even seen it done just on one side of the hull. The effect on performance appears to be minimal and the benefits of getting the engine weight lower and the shaft near horizontal far outweigh the drawbacks. There is a shoal draft version offered with 4-foot-10-inch draft.
This interior is unique. Keep in mind that the Gozzard 44 is a semi-custom boat so you can feel free to have it your own way. There is an owner's cabin aft with adjoining head. The shower stall is shared with the forward head that works for the forward saloon/guest stateroom. The galley uses a center island and directly forward of the galley is a small, two-person dinette. A large navigation area faces aft alongside the companionway. The main saloon occupies the pointy end of the boat and uses a big U-shaped settee with swivel chairs to make a nice conversation area.
Ted, you know I hate swivel chairs. But I also know that swivel chairs do work and in this case they provide enough additional seating so that perhaps eight people could sit around together for a meal. This area is partitioned off from the galley with a folding screen-bulkhead on the starboard side for privacy. The settee makes either two singles or hinges together to form a double berth. Gozzard boats feature clever details like this. The low coffee table forms the base for the higher and larger dining table.
The cutter rig makes good use of the bowsprit. It allows the mast to come aft while keeping the rig far enough forward to ensure a balanced helm. I do not care for high clewed Yankees. They put the center of pressure too high and cannot be effectively used without the staysail to help smooth out the slot transition. I much prefer cutters rigged with headsails as you see on a regular sloop. If you insist on keeping the clew of the yankee high, have it no higher than you can easily reach from the deck. The staysail of the 44 is self-tacking and sheets to a traveler. This is a very good arrangement for short-handed sailing. The long clew board on the staysail allows the lead to be altered for different points of sail. Both headsails are roller furled. The SA/D ratio is 18.32, indicating plenty of sail area for effective light air sailing.
On deck the Gozzard 44 has a foredeck anchor windlass recess. The cockpit area is huge and divided by a center console/table. The dodger comes off a fixed windshield. If you have doubts as to the aesthetic effect of a fixed windshield, I can assure you that considering that dodgers on cruising boats seldom come down the windshield will clean up the look and provide you with better vision.
Ted Gozzard writes, "People do know what they want and many will admit that they would sooner smell the roses or drift a Menger 19 into a heavenly cove rather than thrash around the Cape in a boat that some salesman has promised them can handle it. I enjoy the excitement of serious sailing, a powerful cutter rig, landfalls made to strange harbors and the wonderful people you meet, but I also like to cruise in style with the comfort of an 82 horsepower diesel resting below my feet for those days with no wind and places to go."
|Sail Area||1040 sq. ft.|
|Auxiliary||Westerbeke 82 hp|
North Castle Marine Ltd.
197 Huckins Street - P.O. Box 373
Goderich, Ontario. CANADA
Phone: (519) 524-6393
Fax: (519) 524-9180
This story originally appeared in Sailing Magazine, and is republished here by permission. Subscribe to Sailing.