1965Re: [AtkinBoats] Testing Billy Atkin's "Shoals Runner"
- May 29, 2008Let's see... Suppose you were testing the efficiency of pickup trucks, the
"Atkin" four-wheel drive pickup against some more "conventional" two-wheel
drive trucks. I question the value of the test because the design of
four-wheel drive trucks sacrifices some efficiency for the traction
benefits of four powered wheels. Would you reply, "You cannot force people
to accept "four-wheel drive" as an
important testing issue. It may be important to you personally, but I'm
planning these tests for people who couldn't care less about four-wheel
drive."? If the people targeted by the test aren't interested in
four-wheel drive why have a four-wheel drive truck as the centerpiece of
the test? Why would someone who's not interested in shallow draft be
interested in how a shallow draft boat's efficiency fares against boats
whose designs weren't compromised to get shallow draft? <sigh>
Your test won't produce any useful results unless it compares apples to
apples, or oranges to oranges -- a selection of inboard motorboats of the
same size, weight and power with 6" draft, _or_ a selection of similar
motorboats with at least "normal" draft. It would be real interesting to
see how an Atkin non-tunnel V-bottom Seabright skiff stacks up against
other "conventional" boats for efficiency. That's the test you should do.
It'd also be mildly interesting to see how an Atkin tunnel-stern V-bottom
Seabright skiff does against other inboard boats with 6" draft, but I
don't think it'd be much of a contest -- only jet drives and obviously
less efficent tunnel designs could compete...
Shoals Runner will have one arm tied behind it's back competing against
"conventional" motorboats, but I'll bet it'll still be more efficient than
some. But so what? If shoal draft doesn't matter you're gonna build one of
the types of boats that will be more efficient than Shoals Runner, maybe
an Atkin V-bottom Seabright skiff sans tunnel!
On Thu, 29 May 2008 03:26:49 -0700, Kenneth G wrote:
> You cannot force people to accept "shallow draft" as an
> important testing issue. It may be important to you
> personally, but I'm planning these tests for people who
> couldn't care less about the boat's shallow draft.
> Some of us simply want to know -- for a fact -- whether the
> Atkin boats are more or less fuel efficient than the
> others. Unless I'm mistaken, you seem to be "assuming" the
> Atkin boats are less fuel efficient than non-shoal draft
> boats, is this correct?
As for myself, the wonderful sea charmed me from the first.
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