Re: QT Skiff -power
- Hi Kevin,
> I do like the idea of 3/8" on the bottom and perhapsmiddle.
> reducing the 3 bilge strips. To how many, I would hope one down the
> Much cleaner and faster.I built the rowing version with a 3/8" bottom, and used two grounding
shoes on the bottom. It's plenty stiff and the boat is still light
enough to horse over my head long enough to get it on top of the
pickup. I can't see any reason not to build the power version with a
- I used the 1/4" without regrets. However, I put down a grating on my
boat that lifts out--it's very nice, artistic even, and raises the
center of gravity of stuff in the boat by .5 inch (but has little or no
effect on someone sitting on the thwart).
Setting this in involved epoxying into place a couple of athwartship
runners that did serve to stiffen the hull bottom. Since they are
lighter than another 1/8" plywood, and serve another purpose (holding
the grating in place), I preferred it.
But overbuilding is often a bad idea, and when these pile up and pile up
and pile up--they harm the boat's performance.
Keep in mind that the boat is designed by an experienced boater,
designer, and engineer. He probably already knows better than you do.