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1171Re: Flat Bottoms

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  • Rob Rohde-Szudy
    Jul 8 11:54 AM
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      Hey Dennis,

      I have a Bolger Light Schooner, which is a largish flatiron skiff. Compared to a rounder bottom you get rolled around more by waves and wakes, and they go "thump" each time they land in a trough. In return for the rougher ride you get extreme shoal draft. Even with the board up you can still sail to some extent because of the lee chine dipping low enough in the water to provide some lateral resistance. The big ugly chine log seems to help that too. This is a very real advantage because it opens up areas that would cause ulcers in someone with a keel to worry about. Deep open water should be fine on a good day because the swells are long. Where you find trouble is wide-open shallow water. Many midwestern lakes are like this - huge expanses of flooded fields held back by a dam. The vertical chop will about knock your teeth out when the wind kicks up. But a deeper draft boat might be in bigger trouble on these kind of lakes. Often the average depth is like 10-15 feet, And
      there are stumps!

      --Rob

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