Fringian Ship's Boat

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Ship's Boat
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Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: U Smallcraft
Also see
Blueprint No
Cargo 0/25 Tons
Cost MCr26.275 (base)
MCr21.020 (qty)
Crew 1
Officers 1
Enlisted 0
Hardpoints 1
Hull Conical Hull
Jump J-0
Maneuver 4 G
Model Model/1
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 25 High/Med 0 Low
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 40 Tons
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
USP GF–0204410–030000–00000–0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Ship's Boat is a smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Ship’s Boat is designed to rapidly ferry passengers and incidental cargoes between locations. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-9 design.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) when necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Ship's Boat is constructed using a 40 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 1
  • x1 pilot. If the vessel is carried as a small craft, this individual serves as service crew aboard the parent vessel when not required for piloting duties.


There is 1 small stateroom. This serves as an office, galley or medical bay as necessary and contains a small fresher.

There are x50 acceleration couches

  • Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators. The vessel has full life support and environmental systems.
  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are x51 small emergency lockers, built into the structure of the couches.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-4 drive and a Power Plant-4, giving performance of 4-G acceleration and producing 1.6 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 4. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant approximately 3 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section is controlled from the cockpit. Access to the machinery can be gained via a sealable hatch.
4. Electronics The cockpit contains an acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 computer: no backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
6. Armament The Ship's Boat is generally unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.
8. Craft The vessel carries no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1.3 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr26.275.
  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price of each unit to MCr21.020.
11. Construction Time 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments If the passenger couches are removed the craft has a cargo capacity of up to 25 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Ship's Boat is fast, durable and robust. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]


Image Repository[edit]

  1. Ship's Boat.
    J0 40dT Ship's Boat.jpg

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.