15170Re: [bolger] Stability
- Oct 30, 2001In a message dated 10/30/01 7:40:43 PM Central Standard Time,
> I've got a pictureYou must be either ancient or an antiquarian! I recall an advertisement about
> somewhere of a guy zipping around on an overturned library table fitted with
> about a 5 hp outboard. That table is very clearly up on plane.
100 years ago in the old "Rudder" magazine. I believe it was for Mercury
outboards, with a caption "Given the right power, I can plane a tabletop!"
It featured a photograph of a male planing a simple upside-down table (a
"kitchen table", I would call it, somewhat smaller and lighter than a
"library table"). I remember being skeptical that it had enough freeboard for
him to get it started without some kind of special arrangements, but there
was no doubt that it was planing as nice as could be in the photo.
I agree that you are right on the money that "flat" is best for planing in
flat water. On another note, somewhere in Bolger's opus he remarks that
"deep-V" hulls, if driven fast enough, have a tendency to "flop" over on one
side or the other and plane on one "side" of the "V". I've never experienced
or witnessed that phenomena, but wouldn't want to be on board a boat that did
that - it would have to be travelling at some prodigious speed - sounds both
scary and dangerous.
Bill in MN
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