Designs - for aluminum?
- Hello, this group is a wonderful idea.
I was introduced to Atkins designs by the writing of Robb White
(Rescue Minor) and a recent commission built by my neighbor Alex
Hadden - a 34' tunnel stern deisel cruiser.
I think the Rescue Minor, or a similar design, might be ideal for my
situation - mostly a protected big river, with some "outside"
expeditions, a lot of very shallow transportation over half-tide mud
flats, a "ground-out" requirement, and occasional ice-breaking.
Unfortunately, I am congenitally incapable of dealing with boat
maintenance; painting once or twice a decade is my limit. I have
reached the conclusion that welded aluminum plate is the material for
me - takes a beating, less maintenance is better, etc. I built a
Bolger Teal of 1/8 plate, hiring a local guy to weld the seams, and
it is pretty succesful, if heavy.
I understand that the tunnel stern boats were designed for plywood
sheet construction, but have never seen one built this way. Any
information or contacts regarding these boats would be most welcome.
aka Sal's Dad (ref to 'One Morning in Maine')