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2140Re: [AtkinBoats] Re: Victor Slocum

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  • Kenneth Grome
    Sep 30, 2008
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      > I may be off the mark and perhaps June
      > 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 ...

      Sorry Steve, I didn't read your earlier posts so I'm not
      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?

      Ken Grome
      Bagacay Boatworks
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