I like your sketch for a modular canal boat however it would
appear that you have forgotten to add a section for a nice cosy WC
complete with tub and shower.
As to joining the sections;since your sketch appears to show a
boat most suitable for canal and river travel I would go with some
fine s/s threaded rod( 7/8") passing through the four corners formed
by the sectional rectangle about two feet above the LWL and secured
through one foot square 1/4" s/s backing plates.To further beef up the
joint(s),I would then go with some heavy 4X8 lumber,in 4 foot lenghts
placed horizontally,on the outside of the hull,with one at 1 foot
above the LWL and the other placed at near sheer height.Their fore and
aft ends would be tapered to finish flush with the hull.These would be
also bolted through with at least 7/8" s/s rod( you could use some
gunk like Bulldog caulking to make the lower bolts watertight) and
would not only strenghten the joint but serve as great fenders when
going through locks or just spending the night at a gov't warf.
If each module is stoutly built,this rig should hold together
well enough for the type of wave action likely to occur in canals or
small rivers.Should a(big)lake crossing be envisioned,choose your
weather and stay put if things look too rough.Besides,with such a
wonderful bar and BBQ setup,much better to luxuriate in safety then
have to stage a panic party as the sections come adrift.I would want
to be in the BAR module......... please......when all hell breaks
loose......please! please! please!
Peter Lenihan,riding the weather roller-coaster of freeze-n-thaw,from
the shores of the St.Lawrence.................
--- In bolger@y..., "brucehector" <bruce_hector@h...> wrote:
> This got me thinking and sketching a modular cruiser with an 8 foot
> beam. My crude sketch is now posted to the photo section as pic #20
> on this group.
> How to join them in a temporary yet stong fashion? Ideas?
> Yes, I know it's crazy, but what the heck.
> Bruce Hector