Maybe. My impression was that he thought the offset wasn't needed,
but that the effects weren't aggravating or detrimental, and
therefore not worth going to a lot of trouble over. It was not a big
deal to him, so he may well have changed his mind about it several
times. I don't think that anyone who builds one of these boats would
be dissappointed either way. If I remember correctly, the offset is
mainly intended to cancel out any stern walking while backing down.
Since he had decided that he didn't really need a reverse for his use
of the boat, I don't think that he would have seen any reason to
build it in. Wes
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com
, "Ron Butterfield"
> On 8/30/06, mrweswhite <mrweswhite@...> wrote:
> > I do think that, if he could do
> > it all over again, he would just line everything up straight.
> In the March/April 2006 issue of Wooden Boat, in the article he
> on his adaptation of the Rescue Minor, Rob White says regarding the
> offset motor/driveshaft:
> "... the boat runs with a slight "weather" helm to starbord. I ws
> going to fix that with a little trim tab on the rudder, but I
> discovered that if you turn loose the tiller with the throttle wide
> open, the boat will begin to circle and soon tighten the cirle unitl
> it is slowly pivoting around and around ... A man overboard could
> easily get back in."
> So, after using the boat extensively, it looks like he would build
> offset if he had to do it all over again.