Re: [AtkinBoats] Re:Howdy, Shipmates!
I think I have to disagree with what you read ...
There's not enough bend in Martha Green's bottom panels
forward to create any problems with construction in
plywood. In fact, the forward bottom is the easy part of
the bottom to install. If anything, it's the aft bottom
that might not take the bend up to the transom when using
thick plywood on the bottom.
But it's the side panels forward where the major bending
occurs in this hull, and most builders will simply use two
or three layers of thinner plywood instead of one thick
layer to deal with difficult bends like these. There's no
flam in this hull either, so I really don't see any problem
building the entire hull in plywood myself.
> Also a fan of Martha Green here. "Skipjack" bottoms are
> usually cross-planked. Read somewhere, but location
> escapes me, that MG's deadrise bottom, especially with
> hard twist for'ard would be tough in ply.
- Hi Dave,
There are several "tunnel-stern Seabright skiffs" on the
Atkin website. Most are on the 'inboard utilities' pages.
The tunnel-stern versions are semi-displacement boats
designed for very shallow water and top speeds of about
15-17 mph. The most recent and therefore theoretically the
best performing is Shoals Runner, not Rescue Minor.
There are also several NON-tunnel-stern versions (my
favorite at the moment is Sallie Hyde) ... so you'll have
to be very careful when researching them to avoid getting
these two lines mixed up.
There's no need to deal with the complication of
tunnel-stern construction if all you're after is
displacement speeds. In this case you may be better off
with a non-tunnel-stern Seabright skiff.
> Whoa Nellie! How has this design escaped my
> attention? Could be it's because I have never really
> built motor boats, but this thing just blows me away!
> Is there an archive or someplace where I can get more
> information on this design? Are there any other boats
> using this hull form?