William Atkins is a renown designer in his own right, but you will find many designers shared interest in similar early fishing,delivery, workboat designs and have incorporated some of these features in their contemporary designs as did Lyle Hess.
However, as with every design, the builder may have had a slightly differing vision of the same design as shown in the finished vessel.
I believe the design you are refering to may be "Fore An' Aft" 28' 8" Cutter
By William Atkin.
History and boat plans are still available through:
Marty Chin, former BCC Shamrock
Bay Marine Diesel
600 Central Ave #12
Alameda, CA. 94501