Re: [AtkinBoats] Great Bear Sloop
- The time necessary to build a hull varies directly with the number of pieces needed. Mosy Atkins skiffs were intended to be built from lumber and the skiffs use fairly wide lapstrake planks on the sides with cross planking on the bottom. The number of pieces required can be minimized by using plywood for the bottom and sides (although plywood requires at least as much framing as the original plans call for). It doesn't make a lot of sense to use strip planking or cold molding to build straight panels.
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Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [AtkinBoats] Great Bear Sloop
I don't mean this as a put-down, but if the plans for Bolger's AS-29 seem
too complicated to you, the plans for Great Bear will baffle you. The Atkin
plans will seem simpler at first, but that's because they assume you know
something about building boats. There's a lot left unsaid. Great Bear's
construction is actually more complicated than the oversized "instant boat"
construction of the AS-29. Maybe you should start with a much simpler boat
first, Katelyn would be a good one, since she's drawn by John, so there will
be some similarity to the Great Bear plans. That'd mean delaying
construction on great Bear, but it'd also mean you'd have a nice little boat
to sail while you're toiling away on the big boat.
I doubt that there's an option for a keel. One of the nicest things about a
giant skiff like Great Bear is the shallow draft, so it'd be kinda silly to
tack a deep keel onto it. I haven't seen the lines of Great Bear, but I'll
bet the sides can be planked with plywood sheets. Twilight, the boat Great
Bear is derived from, has straight sections in the sides with very little
twist. Make a simple model to find out for sure. It only needs to be a half
model. The bottom is flat, so there's no problem using plywood there. If
Great Bear's framing is similar to Twilight's, you shouldn't have to change
it for plywood planking.
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 01:02:53 -0000, Charles wrote:
> Thanks for getting this group started. In my search for shoal draft
> sailing cruisers I visited the Atkins site and found Great Bear. I
> own both the plans and the update for the AS-29 but it seems to be
> getting pretty complicated.I will be sending for the study plans of
> Great Bear but in the meantime can you tell me anything more about
> this design? Do you know if it is an option for keel or centerboard?
> I assume the hull sides could be built with a thin strip planking
> (common fir) with two layers of 1/4" plywood cold molded. It will
> probably make more sense when the study plans arrive. Thanks for any
> information you can give on this design,
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