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Martin and Janice Houston



Martin Houston designed and built this mini-tugboat, JANI J, that he named for his wife, Janice Jeanette. The two of them built her over five years at their home in South Dakota, epoxying plywood onto fir frames, then covered with fiberglass cloth. JANI J is 25′ on deck, with an 8′3″ beam, and displaces three tons. Houston based the flat-bottomed hull of his design on a Pacific power dory, and the cabin on that of a tugboat. JANI J’s 115-hp Yamaha outboard lets JANI J cruise at 8 knots, with a top speed of 15 knots.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sat, 07/23/2011
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