Re: [boatdesign] Re: How to design?
- Stormbringer is 36" across the bottom panel by 16' long.Max beam at gun'l is 41".With just my wife and i paddling we draw only one inch if you don'y count the 1x1" "keel".
From: pvanderwaart <pvanderwaart@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 31 December, 2008 7:02:34 AM
Subject: [boatdesign] Re: How to design?
> Hi, I've been around for a while but just now posting. Is there aYes, there is a primer. More than one. A good one is "How To Design A
> primer on how to design a boat?
Boat" by John Teale.
I'm not a fisherman, nor a hunter, so I'm not real familiar with the
sort of boat you are interested in. However, in this group, we do not
need familiarity to have opinions. I think that for the stability you
want to be able to stand, you need to look at waterline length and
waterline beam. Beam is a bit more important, and I'm sure there is
some practical minimum for your use, I guess somewhere around 30 inches.
The Bolger "Canoe" design on the Instant Boats site
(http://www.instantb oats.com/ canoe.html) is 28 inches and is not
stable enough. This is partly because, at only 13' length), it sinks
too deep in the water, and the displacement is toward the middle.
The Free Canoe plans from Boat Plans Online
(http://www.bateau2 com/free/ ccanoeUS. PDF) is about the same length,
and only 2" wider, but it might do because of the flat bottom. If you
ask around the internet enough, you can get an opinion, I'm sure.
Another boat to look at for comparison purposes is the Six Hour Canoe.
There is a lot of stuff on the internet about it, so you should be
able to get an idea. Chris Crandall called it "tiddley" which may not
be a good sign. It about 31" beam.
Another boat about the same size is Jim Michalak's Piragua.
(http://www.duckwork sbbs.com/ plans/jim/ piragua/index. htm) In the
writeup, Michalak says he could "barely stand", so you probably want
more than 30" beam or 13' length. He has an 18' version too, and
doesn't recommend that for standing. A good idea would be to email
Michalak directly asking how big a boat would have to be. He has a lot
of experience in these simple boats, and is open to inquiries.
I have not seen a posting of the beam on the Vermont dory, but it
seems to be designed as a rowboat, and is probably over 36" beam.
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