I just went to the website to view the many photos of the Classic 10
and the bottom appears to be pretty wide which I would have thought
would have provided some good stability.
click this link and then click on the photos
Looking back on your design choice, do you think the
"Car Topper 9"
would have been a better choice for you ?
see it here ---- http://gaboats.com/boats/
> I built a Classic 10 last year and have taken it out several times on
> lakes and on the Sound. It moves along well under oars and does well
> in choppy water. The major problem for me is that this boat has no
> initial stablity and even less secondary stablity. Once I manage to
> get in the boat I have to be very careful to stay low and in the
> center. There is not much freeboard and simple tasks like pulling in
> an anchor or netting a fish require concentration and make me nervous.
> With good reason, I capsized this thing recently. Fortunately, I got
> some help immediately and got back to shore. This is not a boat to
> fish out of. I need a boat I can lean over to the side in and even
> stand up in sometimes. Another bad feature is that the Dacron is not
> tough enough for my use. The rocks in the Sound and the sticks and
> other material in the lakes gouge the bottom and sides. I built this
> boat becasue I was looking for something I could easily put u on my
> car. It turned out to be heavier than anticipated and is close to the
> weight of the next boat I am building, the Rubens Nymph, as described
> by "Dynamite" Payson in one of his "Instant Boats" series. The Nymph
> has a broad beam for initial stablity. The bottom is covered with
> fiberglass to protect it well on the clam beds. I did learn a lot from
> building the Classic 10, but it is now time to sell it or give it
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