You're probably right Mike, especially given how fast Atkin cranked out these designs. It boggles the mind. It might also be partly that he felt the hull HAD to be this way for the tunnel to work, and left it to the builder to deal with getting as close as possible. More was expected of the amateur building in the days before Instant Boats.
Re: Rescue Minor planking
Posted by: "Mike Dolph" johndolph@...
Date: Tue Aug 1, 2006 11:34 am (PDT)
If I had to guess, based on my own feelings about the subject, I'd
say they doubted the hull forms obtainable with conic projections
were worth the effort for small boats built in plywood. I feel sure
they understood the material, but preferred to stretch the envelope
to get these hull forms. John Gardner also used batten seam
construction and/or built clinker boats with plywood planks.
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