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Project Paltus - an introduction ...

Project Paltus is a website devoted to the 'Paltus' boat design by the Russian designer Dmitry Kurbatov. This site contains copies of the original published texts, and translations of these into English, for which I'd like to thank Petr from Siberia for his help with corrections and clarifications. The responsibility for accuracy, of course, remains my own.
There is also a page devoted to a comparison between Kurbatov's design and his recommended building methods and those of the Drascombe Lugger, upon which his design was based.

Although Kurbatov and his 'Paltus' design are well-known in Russia, almost nothing about them is known in the West, and it is hoped that these webpages will encourage those who wish to build a proven sea-worthy boat of this size and type to consider Kurbatov's Paltus. These pages may also provide a possible solution for those wishing to build a Drascombe Lugger in wood, now that the plans for these are no longer available.

The Lugger "Paltus"

When the Russian designer Dmitry A. Kurbatov (1936-1993) saw the sales brochures of (the original) Honnor Marine, builders of the Drascombe series of boats, he immediately saw the potential of the Drascombe Lugger and set about drawing-up a set of construction plans for a similar craft, which he called the "Paltus", which in English translates to either Halibut or Turbot. A strange choice of name, for both of these are flat fish !

The first and most complete published version of the 'Paltus' plans were published in the magazine "Power and Sail Boats" (Katera I Yahty) No.72 in 1978, under Kurbatov's pen name D. Antonov. Later, the 'Paltus' drawings were included in the third edition of "15 Boat Projects for Amateur Building", a book published in Leningrad, 1985, so these plans may be readily sourced elsewhere, albeit with the accompanying text in Russian. I have included copies of these original texts and diagrams in Appendices A and B.

Of Kurbatov it has been said, "The multifaceted talent of this renaissance man permitted it to not only develop and realize many interesting projects, but to become a unique observer of the most important foreign events, the instigator of new trends in the area of small and sport vessel construction. Dmitry Kurbatov was, in the literal sense of the word, a legend of domestic amateur boat building."

Within his plans, Kurbatov recommends that the hull be constructed 'the right way up' using temporary construction frames which are later removed to be replaced by the final transverse frames. In contrast, builders of wooden Drascombe boats in England have preferred to construct their hulls 'upside-down', (i.e. keel uppermost), with the final transverse frames also acting as construction frames.
Details of both methods are included within these pages, and it will be left to the individual builder to choose whichever method he (or she) considers best.

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