Introduction: Since a long time we had the intention of designing a motor yacht of affordable cost, remotely resembling a small tramp ship of classic lines, much in the same style of Humphrey Bogart’s old Hollywood films. When we received an enquiry about a boat like that, instead of informing that we had only the intention of producing a design in this style, we didn’t hesitate in offering to this potential client the Curruira 42 (it is the name of lovely South American little bird) as a stock plan, never minding to still having to develop the whole design from scratch.
We have no reasons to regret our decision, since this project became an important achievement in our career and have been very well received by the cruising community.
We wished offering a 42 foot motor yacht of traditional lines which construction would be at the reach of the amateur builder, while possessing the looks and finishing standard to rival other sophisticated trawlers available on the market. Our aim was to produce a long range operating trawler with enough comfort for a family to live aboard for prolonged stretches. The following description will show you the Curruira 42 in detail.
Interior arrangement: As most trawlers of this size, the Curruira 42 is arranged with its sleeping quarters in the fore compartment, followed by a windowed raised saloon that opens to the aft deck. The fly-bridge over the coach-roof covers the saloon and most of the aft deck
The part of the saloon designed for entertainment occupies more than half the area of the pilot-house. Seven passengers seat comfortably at the dining table and there are two other armchairs at the other side to complete the living-room accommodations. A complete U shaped galley, with double sinks, four burner stove with oven, refrigerator and freezer, is placed at portside. There is room for the installation of a washing machine next to the two sinks and a micro-wave oven can be fixed above these sinks The piloting station, complying of navigation table, steering wheel and instruments panel, is placed opposite to the galley
We opted for two below-decks layouts. In the first one there are sleeping quarters for up to six crewmembers. In this arrangement there are two double berth cabins, one en suite, and a third one with two single berths. There is a desk with an armchair placed in this cabin and also a large hanging locker.
The second version of the fore-compartment layout has an owner’s stateroom served by an ample bathroom, plus another cabin with double-berth. This layout is turned to a more realistic usage nowadays among many owners, when a couple living aboard chooses to have more comfortable quarters for themselves, with room for eventual guest for short periods.
Deck layout: We gave special attention to the functionality when arranging the aft deck, extending the fly-bridge almost to the stern, covering practically the whole length of such an important leisure area.
The aft deck furniture equals in cosiness and comfort with that in the main saloon. There are two L shaped seats, one at each corner of the transom, the starboard one being added by a garden style table with two extra chairs. T
o make life more enjoyable, a counter with sink and refrigerator is placed at the rear of the saloon aft wall, a step away from the aft deck seats, the right distance not to let the beer warm up.
The pilot seat is placed just in front of the auxiliary mast, which main function is to hold a pole intended to be used in hoisting the inflatable to the upper deck. The pilot seat is sided by a pair of double seats, just abaft the fore coaming polycarbonate wind screen.
The remaining floor of the upper deck is empty, being the most convenient place aboard for sun bathing, in spite of the fore cabin trunk coach-roof being also an excellent place for this purpose.
Propulsion and engine room: We opted for a displacement hull with long cruising range (about two thousand miles) proportioning great savings in engine cost and fuel consumption. With one or two engines options and allowing up to two 125Hp inboard engines, the Curruira 42 reaches 10 knots at full speed.
Hybrid propulsion with electric drive mode coupled to the explosion engine is also a possibility. Installing the environment friendly hybrid solution is a break-trough in boat propulsion technology. Its adoption brings several advantages, like dispensing another generator for other on board equipments, besides ensuring silent, pollution-free, propulsion at low speed when employing the electric motor.
The plans for hybrid installation are optional and can be customized for the engine chosen. The adaptation, however, is quite simple and straightforward and there is sufficient space at the engine room for its installation.