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What does Briney Bug look like?

Briney Bug is 34 feet long, has a 12-foot beam, a 4-foot 9-inch draft, weighs 29,000 pounds, has a full keel, a plumb stem, hard chines, a deck level pilothouse and a raised sheer fore and aft.

The main salon and galley is forward, the engine room (with a pilothouse above) is mid-ship, and aft is the sleeping quarters wherein is located a head, shower, storage and a 5-foot by 7-foot bed.

Other details include 200 gallons of fuel, 100 gallons of water, a 25-gallon gravity-drained holding tank, 25 gallons of kerosene, a diesel engine, an assist/emergency sailing rig, hard dinghy storage on the fore deck, and of course, the proverbial wooden bucket.

The hull is carvel planked over sawn frames; all structural members and planking are pressure treated pine with the most difficult to replace timbers being the heaviest treated (2.5 lbs/cu. ft.), while the planking is treated to a lesser degree (.4 lbs/cu. ft.). With the exception of the stainless steel ballast bolts, the hull is fastened with galvanized fasteners. There are about 4,000 pounds of lead ballast. The interior is varnished cypress, fastened with bronze fasteners.

—Rudy and Jill Sechez

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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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