I think you've chosen well. I can't think of any of the Atkins
designs on this site that would be better for your purposes. Good
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, "baitboat_dude" <baitboat_dude@...>
> Hello Mike.
> Thx for taking the time to reply.
> You're right about the fishing part, but it's for freshwater for 1-3
> person - 1 or 2 90% of the time.
> The localy accepted design for these conditions would be a
> weatherworthy 14'-16' boat with a 6hp outboard.
> I am trying to get a smaller boat to do the job. The problem to be
> overcome is that in two places where it will be used the boat has to
> be physically lifted over a gate every trip.
> It will be used to fish on lakes which are exposed to wind in the
> force 3-5 range.
> So everything boils down to what is the best light dinghy for a small
> light engine, AND for use in waves.
> I accept that most of the requirements are contradictory, so the
> best compromise is what will get built. Cutting the width for weight
> reasons increases roll, choosing a planing hull increases the weight
> and engine size.
> A shallow vee with a keel added should get some of the stability of a
> longer boat.
> The use of really good 6mm sides and 10mm bottom should get the
> weight down - obviously glassed in the important places. I can glass
> in a light structure if necessary so rigidity isn't lost.
> I think a 12' - 13' x 4' - 4 1/2' should do fine.
> So you will see how I found my way to the smaller Atkin's designs
> after looking at all the plethora of stuff around. They cover this
> area very well.
> The Walter Piel more or less fits the bill about spot on.
> If the Walter Piel was in a 12-14' size I would have settled on that
> Reducing a Walter Piel to 12 1/2' or 13' is enticing. I am a tad
> cautious of modifying a first project.
> The Good luck has less vee and more roll I assume, but otherwise the
> Good Luck is closer to the ideal size from the start..
> I looked at the boat you mentioned .... I could see myself doing that
> later if this works out favourably. Lots of space inside.