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• There are many complicating factors, and many different ideas. Boat shape questions do not have single answers. The weight of the boat is an important factor.
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There are many complicating factors, and many different ideas. Boat
shape questions do not have single answers.

The weight of the boat is an important factor. The lighter a boat is,
the flatter the bottom will be. A light boat can't push a rounded
shape deep enough into the water. Tenessee is very light for her
size. Bolger uses a very flat bottom so the boat does not go deep in
the water. It only has to push a little surface water aside as it
moves along. (And it is an easy shape to build.)

A shanty boat built on a barge-like shape will have a flat bottom
because it is easy to build and will float in shallow water. It will
never go anywere fast, so the shape does not have to be very
boatlike. The flat bottom will also rock the least.

Peter

--- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "alternateuser2001"
<alternateuser2001@y...> wrote:
>
> Thank you very much !! Wow ! that cleared up a LOT , for me that
is -
> the whole "hull-form" issue 's much more clear now . And how
logical
> it is, when you think of it; what would move the easiest through
> water - a square block or a needle ?! (why didn't I think of
> that ...;)Thanks!
>
> But that leaves me with the question: for a sort-of "narrow-like-
> shanty-boat", the flatt hull ( 'box-style' they call it
> at 'cimplicityboats') like f.o. off Bolger's Tennessee , isn't a
good
> idea ,because this boat isn't going to plane over the water...??
• Thanks people ... that s a LOT of info, a lot to think about as well. I m off to make some planns and sketches ! Thanks again . Sincere greetings, M.Hulleman
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Thanks people ...
that 's a LOT of info, a lot to think about as well.
I'm off to make some planns and sketches !

Thanks again .

Sincere greetings,

M.Hulleman
• ... But there are also Dutch boats with flat bottoms! -- Craig O Donnell Sinepuxent Ancestors & Boats The
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>If anyone would be so kind as to explain this a little I would be
>very gratefull for that.
>Also my earlier offer; to be willing to search for anything "Dutch-
>related" still stands, ok ?!
>
>Sincere greetings,
>
>M.Hulleman

But there are also Dutch boats with flat bottoms!
--
Craig O'Donnell
Sinepuxent Ancestors & Boats
<http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fassitt/>
Sailing Canoes, Polytarp Sails, Bamboo, Chinese Junks,
American Proas, the Bolger Boat Honor Roll,
Plywood Boats, Bamboo Rafts, &c.
_________________________________

-- Professor of Boatology -- Junkomologist
-- Macintosh kinda guy
Friend of Wanda the Wonder Cat, 1991-1997.
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• ... If a boat is going to go very slow, then the barge shape: or scow shape is no problem. When scow shapes are very large they are very efficient load
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>But that leaves me with the question: for a sort-of "narrow-like-
>shanty-boat", the flatt hull ( 'box-style' they call it
>at 'cimplicityboats') like f.o. off Bolger's Tennessee , isn't a good
>idea ,because this boat isn't going to plane over the water...??

If a boat is going to go very slow, then the "barge shape: or "scow shape"
is no problem. When scow shapes are very large they are very efficient load
carriers. Keep the transom out of the water. In the case of the scow keep
both transoms out of the water.

There is another reason for flat bottom boats. In the USA, many small
working boats were "crossplanked" that is the boards on the bottom were
nailed across. This makes for an easily built, cheap and very strong hull.
Sometimes there is a little "V" to the bottom but the principle remains the
same.

Cheap and strong is what the fishermen wanted.

--
Craig O'Donnell
Sinepuxent Ancestors & Boats
<http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fassitt/>
Sailing Canoes, Polytarp Sails, Bamboo, Chinese Junks,
American Proas, the Bolger Boat Honor Roll,
Plywood Boats, Bamboo Rafts, &c.
_________________________________

-- Professor of Boatology -- Junkomologist
-- Macintosh kinda guy
Friend of Wanda the Wonder Cat, 1991-1997.
_________________________________
• One other issue with flat surfaces -- they oil can. By introducing a curve (aka arch) the stresses do not reverse and the material/structure lasts longer.
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One other issue with flat surfaces -- they "oil can." By introducing a
curve (aka arch) the stresses do not reverse and the material/structure
lasts longer.

Roger
derbyrm@...
derbyrm.mystarband.net/default.htm

----- Original Message -----
From: "pvanderwaart" <pvanderwaart@...>
>
> There are many complicating factors, and many different ideas. Boat
> shape questions do not have single answers.
>
> The weight of the boat is an important factor. The lighter a boat is,
> the flatter the bottom will be. A light boat can't push a rounded
> shape deep enough into the water. Tenessee is very light for her
> size. Bolger uses a very flat bottom so the boat does not go deep in
> the water. It only has to push a little surface water aside as it
> moves along. (And it is an easy shape to build.)
>
> A shanty boat built on a barge-like shape will have a flat bottom
> because it is easy to build and will float in shallow water. It will
> never go anywere fast, so the shape does not have to be very
> boatlike. The flat bottom will also rock the least.
>
> Peter
• One good reason would be a softer ride, no pounding, however if you are building a slow moving flat bottomed boat you wont need to be concerned too much about
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One good reason would be a softer ride, no pounding, however if you are
building a slow moving flat bottomed boat you wont need to be concerned too
Grant
on 6/2/04 5:49 PM, alternateuser2001 at alternateuser2001@... wrote:

>
> Hi there ,
>
> 'Got a question for you all - can anyone explain to me why
> the 'classic' boats all have a 'curved' underside (aiii...what a
> terrible terminology to USE , dutchman ...and that to a boatbuilding
> group ... Go wash your mouth with some soap !! ) While the boats from
> Mr.Bolger (and other modern boats) often have a much more "flatt"
> one ??
> I DO know that it would be much better to take up some sort a course
> in 'elementary shipbuilding' or something like that, and I will in
> due time...but I just was curious .
> Allready I know (by studying the texts and articles from this great
> site (!) that my own little "shanty-boat' / 'narrow-boat' is gonna
> get a flatbottom - she will be going very slowly through very calm
> water, with allmost no deep water at all ... So that will do just
> fine then .
>
> If anyone would be so kind as to explain this a little I would be
> very gratefull for that.
> Also my earlier offer; to be willing to search for anything "Dutch-
> related" still stands, ok ?!
>
> Sincere greetings,
>
> M.Hulleman
>
>
>
>
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