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Briney Bug’s
slim shape—her beam is 12 feet—allows the displacement hull to be easily driven.

What about hull design?

Speed requires horsepower, horsepower requires fuel, and fuel requires money; facts that all cruisers have to face. For the most economical cruising, having a hull shape that uses the least amount of fuel is the first key to low-cost cruising under power.

Any hull will require a certain amount of horsepower to achieve a particular speed, but a full displacement hull requires the least amount of horsepower than any other hull type, all other factors being the same, and this type of hull also tends to have more storage.

Though a displacement hull is limited in speed compared to other types, it is offset by being more sea-kindly, and for these reasons, we felt a displacement hull better suited our needs.

—Rudy and Jill Sechez

Here’s how the Briney Bug story is presented:

What does Briney Bug look like?
What about hull design?
What is the secret to engine dependability?
What’s your advice on replacement parts?
What about diesel engines?
How do you contend with boat motion?
Why do you have a sailing rig?
What’s with the big rudder?
Why do you have an open pilothouse?
Simplicity and self-sufficiency rule aboard Briney Bug . . .
How does one go about finding the right boat?
How much did Briney Bug cost?

Editor’s note: Rudy and Jill Sechez, when they are not away cruising, live aboard Briney Bug in Port St. Joe, Florida, and provide boat and yacht repair services. They can be reached at 850-832-7748 or via e-mail by clicking here.

Simplicity taken to the max

What does Briney Bug look like?

What about hull design?

What is the secret to engine dependability?

What’s your advice on replacement parts?

What about diesel engines?

How do you contend with boat motion?

Why do you have a sailing rig?

What’s with the big rudder?

Why do you have an open pilothouse?

Simplicity and self-sufficiency rule aboard Briney Bug . . .

How does one go about finding the right boat?

How much did Briney Bug cost?

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