NEW: 20.5-Foot Bartender

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One of my all-time favorites just became smaller.  Well, smaller than the larger models, that is, and larger than the smaller model (19′).

This is the NEW Bartender 20.5, buildable as an inboard or an outboard.

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This shows the outboard version of the runabout.  The  first rendering is the cuddy cabin option with inboard.

It’s interesting to note that the inboard version was designed in 1962 and the design was modified in 2010 to accommodate the outboard.  I wonder if anyone ever built the inboard?

I had a 26-footer for several years and loved it.  She had been built by amateurs in Massachusetts, wo elected to build her plank-on-frame rather than ply, and she did suffer a bit from being too heavy.

Her specs:

LOA — 20’6″

LWL — 17’4″

Beam — 6’10”

Draft — 9″  (and the outboard is retractable)

Displacement — 1,400 – 1,600 pounds

Her description from the website:

“This new BARTENDER fills a previous gap in the line-up. Custom stretched 19′ BARTENDERs proved to be a great success so we decided to offer a new model to fill the demand. With more length, beam, and freeboard than the 19′, the 20.5′ is well suited for a cuddy cabin and is perfect for four cylinder inboard installations. This model can be powered by outboard or inboard and can be built as an open runabout or with a cuddy cabin. The well detailed plans and instructions guide you through any of these options.

Outboard power recommendations for the 20.5′ BARTENDER are 40 – 60 hp to 250 lbs. The motor well allows the outboard to tilt for beaching. Inboard power recommendations are four-cylinder inline engines 75 – 140 hp to 550 lbs. The inboard installation drawing shows details of the 75 – 125 hp Yanmar diesel JH3/JH4 series and includes a list of other suitable gasoline and diesel inboard packages available.

This new BARTENDER will display the same great economical performance exhibited by her prototype predecessors. By adhering to the build specifications and power recommendations she’ll burn between 2 -3 gph cruising at 15 – 18 knots. 30+ knots will be achieved with the higher power recommendations.

The simple plywood on frame construction method makes this an easy boat to build. The highly detailed construction drawings and instruction book will guide you through every step. You have the option of ordering plans with full-size patterns or plans for the traditional lofting method. Both plans sets include detailed instructions and a full materials list.”

Plans are available from $275 to $375, depending if you want to loft her yourself.

It’s wonderful to see that the genius of George Calkins lives on.

Here’s his Tenas Tiama:

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To see all the plans available, go here:

Please feel free (nay, encouraged) to comment below.

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One Response to NEW: 20.5-Foot Bartender

  1. Malcolm vipond says:

    Tad Roberts has also redrawn the Bartender as a displacement hull. Website is

    I love the ye olde fisherman look. There is just something about double enders. It has an appealing workboat feel to it. Now if he would redraw it as a sailboat that would really be something. Calkins apparently put a sail package on his Bartender and it worked OK.

    Love the Boat of the Week column, Thanks

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