PELICAN is designed to commute from Florida’s east coast to The Abacos across the Gulf Stream. Making the 200-mile passage within a slim weather window requires a good turn of speed. Marinas, boat shows and magazines are all filled with boats capable of this feat: big deep vee center console boats with as much as 1000Hp of outboard on the back.
For inspiration for the new design Doug looked to local Bahamian watercraft. He happens to be very familiar with the Albury runabouts, having taken lines from a fine example in the Bahamas several years ago and produced a set of drawings. He is also familiar with the performance of these boats by way of our good friend Benjamin Mendlowitz, who uses an Albury runabout (almost daily in the summer) for his photo chase boat.