1178Re: Flat bottoms
- Jul 10, 2006Rob, Surprise might look pretty good built as an open boat and the
motor left at home. If a Sharpie was suitable for these waters around
here, I could out run the storm, just like Capt Munroe.:-) I have
only had to outrun one storm in the 5 years I have been sailing here.
Unfortunately, that system sucked all the wind out of the air and
caused me to row two miles to the ramp before the devil broke loose.
Barely made it, too:-O. A motor would have been nice on that day.
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, Rob Rohde-Szudy
>It's only like 500' deep at the most. That's under half the length of
> Hey Dennis,
> Roger is exactly right that L Michigan is rougher than the ocean.
many of the freighters on it! Shallow water means vertical chop.
>though. For taking on that kind of water and still trailer well, I
> The suggestion of a Chebbaco is a good one. They're rather heavy,
think you could do no better than a Michalak Caprice. 900 lbs empty,
water ballasted. Chuck Leinweber of DiwckworksMagazine.com built the
prototype. It looks to me like a good match for L. Michigan. At least
as good as you can get while trailering. You can read about Chuck's
adventures on the above site.
>Big Surprise. A sailboat, but if the horizon starts looking dark you
> Now, if you're stuck on building an Atkin design, I'd consider
can jump up on plane and run for it at 18 mph. That's a damned nice
feature. 'Course you have to build it in lapstrake.
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