> Robote is based on his tiny little WeeVee that is less than 8 feet
> has the same "no chines in the water" design. This feature, and no
> the bottom panels, are what Jim attributes the great rowing
> of these boats.
Robote is definitely a fine rowing machine, and no doubt the v-bottom,
with its clean entry and exit flow, is part of the reason. I don't
have the plans in front of me, but the waterline beam is quite a bit
less than the 45" beam at the rails. I think the boat is sort of a
poor man's Thomaston Galley, having no sailing rig or motor mount.
The photos on this page give some sense of the difference in waterline
and overall beam:
On the other hand, my 19'-6" Long Light Dory has much less than 39"
waterline beam, especially when lightly loaded. With just me and a
little fishing gear aboard, I'll bet it's not much over 26"-28", since
the bottom panel is only 24" wide at its maximum breadth. This page
gives some idea of the bottom width compared to the overall beam:
I think you'd have to
really load this boat down to get it to 39" waterline beam.