This is an all new version of our old classic, the Dipper 16, with several extra spices thrown into the mix and the resulting dish is a completely different plate. She is, of course, three feet longer than the original Dipper and almost a foot increase in beam. A little extra length and width in this size of boat translates to a completely different feel and changes the use and scope considerably. But here is the main difference in her -- she is designed to be capable of being stored and transported in a 20ft. long container. Her owner, John Irving, wanted a boat that could be packed tightly into a 20ft. container for shipment from the east coast of the United States to Europe. John's idea is that shipping costs for a 20ft. container are dirt cheap, something in the range of under $2000 dollars to cross the Atlantic, and if the boat was fitted well into its little traveling garage, then he could afford to take her on many adventures that in other times might only be thought of and not acted upon. In the winter in Maine (John's home) where literally no one keeps a boat in the water, the container could be relied upon to keep its contents warm, dry, and out of the elements and when the calmer spring weather breaks, then out she comes and into the drink for a season's cruising and playing on the water.
Besides the increase in interior room in the design, there are a couple of other features that are of note. The first is her use of twin 4 cycle outboards on the stern. There is no burying of the outboards in a well or trying to disguise them -- they are mounted proudly on the stern.