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  • Ed, A few months back there were some discussions concerning "Happy Time" which is at the upper limit of your length range at 18'2". I feel that this boat would be an excellent daysailor, even though the essay calls it a cruiser, with the advantage of a small cabin for some protection. Lewis --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, "yojo18840" wrote: > > Hello all. > I very much like a couple of...
    Lewis E. Gordon Oct 28, 2007
  • I went back and looked up Geer's "The Nature Of Boats" and did not find the 2 inch ROT. He mentioned that 10% prop diameter was a bare minimum and that 14% to 18% was much better as a minimum. So Farmer's 15% is right in the ballpark for modern times. Lewis --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, "Ronald Fossum" wrote: > > It's interesting the amount of variance that knowledgeable people in this...
    Lewis E. Gordon Sep 27, 2007
  • Kenneth, I also remember reading that Robb changed to a conventional shaft seal after hearing that the ceramic types, when failing, failed suddenly with no warning at all. Lewis --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, Kenneth Grome wrote: > > > I haven't seen what he used, but based on his description, > > I think what are shown on this page are similar: > > http://www.mcmaster.com/nav/enter.asp...
    Lewis E. Gordon Aug 16, 2007
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  • Stephen, Interesting! I can see the old "plan on edge" vs. "skimming dish" debate brewing! Joan is a good looking boat but all that draft and ballast would add to the building cost. Plus, the essay mentions space for a crew of two which eliminates it as a "family" day sailor; and, Joan is designed as an auxiliary which adds cost, complication, and steals from the available space...
    Lewis E. Gordon Aug 9, 2007
  • If I had to limit my library one book, it would be Bud McIntosh's "How To Build A Wooden Boat". Lewis --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, "snaglefriz" wrote: > > It me again. > I did want to tell you. I bought a book to help with building a larger > boat. I guessing it best to read and learn, before spending a lot to > build a big boat. I have built houses also and tell people, it easy to...
    Lewis E. Gordon Aug 4, 2007
  • Stephen, I had hoped that some more experienced sailors would have replied by now, but no luck. I'm not a sailor (yet), just a power boater and some rowing. From everything I have read, the Atkins designs perform just as advertised. This means that "Happy Time" should be stiff and able to carry that tall sail in some pretty heavy winds. For 25-35 knots, that second reef point might...
    Lewis E. Gordon Jul 16, 2007
  • Stephen, A very nice little boat that seems to fit your needs. Will it be on a mooring or trailer sailed? The 880 pounds total ballast and deep sections would indicate a boat not too easily trailered. If so, why not build the conventional way as shown on the plans? Strip planking would likely be more costly (epoxy ain't cheap!) and more pieces of wood in the construction. Best of...
    Lewis E. Gordon Jul 12, 2007
  • Curtis, Congratulations on the launch, and I like the choice of name. Photo #3 shows a lot of water that you are dragging around in that cavity. How can you ever get it trimmed with such a large, changeable, weight in the stern? Is there any way to seal around the temporary lower unit? Any hogging is not evident in the low resolution photos. How severe is it? Great job in a timely...
    Lewis E. Gordon Jul 9, 2007
  • David, No experience in adapting one of these to boat use, but I certainly have thought about doing so! I have one in a 5kw generator and it is a real workhorse. For generator use it has a fixed rpm (3600) and is LOUD. They also produce a lot of heat. My record keeping is not the best, but I would guess I have 225-250 hours on this engine. I just change the oil every 50 hours and...
    Lewis E. Gordon Jun 27, 2007
  • Kenneth, I'm not sure of the chronology of design development, but looking through some of Robb White's posts (search for oldbingey) he seemed to think that "Shoals Runner" was the culmination of the evolution of those boats. (See post #559). Also, see post #448 for some more discussion. Lewis --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, Kenneth Grome wrote: > > William and John Atkin produced designs...
    Lewis E. Gordon Apr 10, 2007