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, Melcher Cedric
> Hi All
> Comparing specs on the Airolite site it looks like the Snowshoe 14
is 2" wider than the Arrow 14 and its capacity is higher. The
Snowshoe 14 also has more rocker in the keel, which means to me,
novice that I am, that it will have less directional stability.
Though you could say it will be more maneuverable when loaded. Does
all that make it more seaworthy?
The more rocker, the faster you can turn the boat. Handy for river
running, less desirable for open water like large lakes or even ocean.
The greater width gives you better lateral stability as well as a
larger hull volume which can translate to either greater weight
carrying capacity, and greater freeboard. I have done a couple of
crossings out in open water with two people and a full load of camping
gear gear and a weeks worth of food, with a lot of wave action and
wind to contend with. There is more peace of mind when you aren't
worried about swamping with every wave. The longer the boat, the
greater the aspect ratio of length to width, the less energy you will
have to expend paddling, and assuming you could paddle that fast, the
higher the theoretical hull speed.
As far as rocker goes, since you are building the boat, you can add or
remove rocker when you layout your forms on the strong back. How much
you put in would depend on whether you plan to spend most of your time
on the lake, or if you will be dodging rocks in a river.