2140Re: [AtkinBoats] Re: Victor Slocum
- Sep 30, 2008
> I may be off the mark and perhaps JuneSorry Steve, I didn't read your earlier posts so I'm not
> Bug is a more realistic choice. Question
> here is does it lend itself to Glued Lapstrake?
> I am not sufficiently skilled to assess this
> from the Plans ...
sure of your purpose for this boat, but I will say this:
If you want the more seaworthy boat June Bug is
substantially better in my opinion, she has higher
freeboard and a V-bottom, both of which will help her to
perform safer and better in rough seas.
Victor Slocum drafts 5 inches less, has lower freeboard, and
with her flat bottom appears to be more appropriate for
shallow and/or protected waters, although I'm sure she
could do fine in rough conditions with a skilled captain.
Victor Slocum will definitely be more fuel efficient than
June Bug since she is lighter ... and narrower by 7 inches.
But given the fact that these boats both take such small
engines it's really not going to make a whole lot of
difference which one you use as far as fuel consumption is
If I were building one for use in the USA I would power her
with a 6.5 Honda GX 200 engine instead of a diesel. Not
only is gas cheaper but the engine itself costs only about
$200 brand new whereas a small diesel will probably run you
2-3 times that much.
Either boat can be build using glued plywood lapstrake
construction, in fact the pictures of Victor Slocum show
the hull built this way:
Here's a link to a photo of June Bug for comparison, just
click the images for full sized views of any of these
I get the feeling that June Bug is going to feel much larger
and safer when you're inside her. Those 7 extra inches of
beam along with her deeper hull will have this effect I'm
sure. I can already feel the difference just looking at
the pictures ... :)
Personally I like June Bug better in terms of seaworthiness.
I live on the ocean though, and would prefer a V-bottom
boat when going to sea, so this may not be as important to
you as other factors. In terms of physical appearance I
prefer Victor Slocum because of her exaggerated sheer,
raked transom, outboard rudder, and slimmer lines.
How and where do you plan to use the boat, Steve?
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