RE: [Michalak] New poll for Michalak
- Joansa is a lovely boat and I didn't mean to slight Wellsford or any other
I had to mention Joansa only because I sell the plans. It's my job to
mention certain designs and ignore others.
- I too have only been in one of these rowboats but I was quite
impressed with Vamp. Easy to row for a rowing newbie, fast, and
pretty good looking to me too. I have therefore voted for it in the
poll but a number of these look like nice designs.
> The decision depends on what you want in a boat--economy and ease ofChoosing the best rowboat depends on what you want/need/like with
> construction? Speed? Load carrying? Playing in the surf? Touring?
> Fishing/hunting platform? Will the boat be used in ponds or open waters?
> Elegant appearance? Etc, etc..
> John T
your rowboat(s). John T lists the major criteria, I would add to the list
of other criteria that might be important at different times and to different
1) Light weight/cartop-ability, portaging.
2) Ease of stowing, to fit that tight spot on deck.
3) Classic or traditional looks, Whitehall, Dory, Guideboat, etc..
4) Lifeboat, unsinkablity.
5) Ability to be towed at high speed.
6) Ability to be launched 'right side up', dangled from its painter.
7) Dual use capabilities, row/sail, or row/motor/sail.
9) Ability to store multiple boats piled in a compact stack.
10) Theft resistance.
All these things might be desireable, but no boat can
do them all well. Solution: multiple boats!
- I hit 'send' and a few other rowboat criteria came to mind:
11) Flooded stability. That is: when full of water, does
the rowboat float right side up or upside down.
12) Length of oars. At times you might want long oars,
but there are times, [such as when rowing in tight
quarters] that short oars are better.
13) Ability to be collapsed or folded. Some people might
value the ability of the rowboat to 'breakdown', to fold,
or to be deflated, for ease of stowage or transport.
- In that spirit, I have to mention Pixie (since I sell the plans <g>):
I know a fellow who built a Pixie, and he says it's the best rowboat he's
ever rowed! The plans call for plank construction, be he managed to use
plywood, with a little cussing required to get the bottom on...
On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 21:31:09 -0600, Chuck wrote:
> I had to mention Joansa only because I sell the plans. It's my job to
> mention certain designs and ignore others.
I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage, and similar chlorophyll.
Any dietician will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel
contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans. <S. J. Perelman>
- Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
Just for fun, what do you think is Jim's best overall
row/sail dinghy design?
o Moby Dink
o Slam Dink
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