Designed as a cat schooner; both sails have big round poles at their leading edges. Considering the performance potential of this hull, this rig is appropriate. The stayless rig is clean and will be cheap to build with solid fir poles. The plans call for these masts to be deck stepped, but that's a tough way to support unstayed masts.
The hull is a multichine type for steel construction. Steel is certainly the most durable of hull materials, but it is the least designer-friendly in terms of shape and detailing. This hull shows a strong sheer spring and a pugnacious bow profile. There’s plenty of lateral plane to the full keel. The rudder is an outboard barn-door type with rack-and-pinion steering. You can add optional bilge keels to this design that will keep the boat upright when it “takes the mud.”
The layout is simple and comfy for a couple with two guests.There's plenty of available cabin sole in this layout. This design is targeted for safe performance in heavy weather.
One review of these plans is on the website: www.mikecampdesigns.ca/PDF/Raven-Article.pdf
Mike Camp Ontario Canada