A 24′8″ (7.52m) shallow-water scow lugger

by Laurie McGowan


Featured in the Sketchbook department of WoodenBoat magazine No. 284 (January/February 2022).



  • LOD: 24′8″ (7.52 m)
  • Beam: 6′8″ (2.03 m)
  • Waterline beam: 6′2″ (1.87 m)
  • LWL: 19′8″ (6 m)
  • Draft:
    • min. 7″ (0.19 m)
    • max. 3′ (0.91 m)
  • Displ.: (salt water, 2⁄3 load) 2,300 lbs (1.04 t)
  • Water ballast: 750 lbs (340 kg)
  • Sail area: 215 sq ft (20 m2)
  • Outboards: Twin MinnKota Riptide Transom 55s
  • Batteries: Two 50 Ah LiFePo4 12V

FIN is an auxiliary performance cruiser whose win electric trolling motors allow nimble maneuvering in shallow water. The twin trolling motors can be tilted out of the water when not in use, and twin centerboards allow fine-tuning of the boat’s balance. Right—The transom gate acts as a swim platform when lowered. The offset centerboards keep the middle of the cabin space free of the trunks. The main cabin has two settee berths, and there are two berths forward, as well.

Laurie McGowan is a Nova Scotia–based boat designer with a diverse on- and below-water work history. He specializes in energy-efficient commercial and pleasure boats. More of his work may be found at

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