Re: Rescue Minor
- --- Rob Rohde-Szudy wrote:
>bet Atkin heard about the planking difficulty on RM, and that's why
> John, I think you might have just answered one of my questions. I
he drew SR with the sides as three batten sea, plywood planks, even
though they look like they could be a single sheet. Maybe I'll make
that model big enough to see if there are errors in the table of
>My model showed there were some difficulties in the bow, but at 1/4
scale, and 1/8 Masonite sheathing, it was hard to tell just where
the problem is. Take another look at the photos I posted; there are
a lot of the bow. You will see that I used come-alongs and 1/4"
threaded rod to try to pull the panels in, and still wound up with
the foward bottom about 2" fuller than Atkin showed. The box keel
(deadwood) section was even harder to twist. And I never did
resolve the issue with the midships transition; wound up cutting it
to "relax" the panels.
The model I did of Shoals Runner, 1/3 (or was it 30%?) scale, 1/8
lauan, was a bit better for checking the shape. But in that case I
was careful only on the lower panels, and had some fun with the
topsides (I don't care for the styling, or Normand stern). I wound
up making the entire bottom and tunnel out of a single panel; seemed
to work fine.
How about a 2/3 or 3/4 scale model? 3/4 bottom, 1/4 everywhere
else... Try it out with a 6 hp, or big electric motor?
As to my progress, the welder I am working with has had a number of
unrelated issues which have delayed him; she's been sitting in his
driveway for a month...
- I have seen 4 Resue Minors built and 3 of the builders modified Atkin's plans. All 3 of them had problems with the performance. Atkin's knew what he was doing and I would recommend that anyone build it according to the plan.I built one under Sea Island Boatworks (Mark Bayne) and we followed the plans to the "tee" The boat preformed perfectly. I would advise that everyone stick to the plans. I have a lot of Rescue Minor construction photos posted at www.morrisislandboatworks.com