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1661Re: Normand stern

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  • Mike Dolph
    Sep 26, 2007
      Well the Normand stern was used a lot in early New England power
      boats. By the time Shoalsrunner was designed it might have been
      regarded as "vernacular" and William Atkins did "vernacular". He
      might have wanted some extra run to sort out the prop wash too. I
      wouldn't hesitate to own one if I had the chance.

      John Dolph

      --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, Kenneth Grome
      <bagacayboatworks@...> wrote:
      > I like the Normand stern on Shoals Runner, I think it will make the
      > behave like a double-ender in a following sea.
      > Shoals Runner also has a rudder that is better protected than the other
      > tunnel-stern boats with its steel shoe extending from the aft bottom of
      > the box keel past the end of the rudder then up onto the transom. This
      > should make backing this boat safer for the rudder than any of the
      > other tunnel-stern boats in the Atkin fleet.
      > But I'm not sure the Normand stern is used for the reason you
      > described ...
      > It is my understanding that a rudder on an inboard powered boat is
      > turned more than 30 or 40 degrees or it will stall out because of the
      > high angle of attack, and then it will behave like a brake instead of a
      > rudder. When I look at the Tolman Seabright I'm building -- which
      > theoretically has the same keel, prop and rudder locations as Rescue
      > Minor -- it looks like the rudder would have to turn more than 70
      > degrees in order to divert water across the chines.
      > I think there must be another reason for the Normand stern. I have
      > always thought it was used as an elegant way to give the
      > boat "double-ender" performance without bending the aft sides toward
      > the center line.
      > Sincerely,
      > Ken Grome
      > Bagacay Boatworks
      > www.bagacayboatworks.com
      > > I think the reason Shoals Runner has the Normand stern is to get the
      > > rudder out of the tunnel. On most of the other tunnel types the chine
      > > is high enough for the prop wash deflected by the rudder to go under
      > > it and out to the side. On Shoals Runner the low chine would block
      > > the flow from a rudder inboard of a square stern. The alternative
      > > would be an outboard rudder like on Sandpiper which also has low
      > > chines. Several people have said that they did not care for the
      > > Normand stern. They might need to think through any changes.
      > >
      > > Charles
      > --
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