29918Re: Good motored designs for NW/Puget Sound waters?
- Aug 3, 2003I've always lusted after the "Idaho" design.
In particular, from all I've gathered aout it over the years, it seems to
plane even when standing still -- especially, it doesn't dig a hole when
increasing speed. and with essentially only a bit of froth left behind
from your passing, the thousands of shore dwellers and anchored boaters will
be smiling as you pass by, even (heck, especially) at full-tilt -- a far cry
better in respect-for-others than those huge holes-in-the-water chopped out
(and rolling over the beaches) from all them inefficient Bayliners ETC ETC
that roil up our otherwise mostly calm waters....
What's unclear to me is the expected performance in a chop.... some have
said she should be smoother than expected 'cause the length supported by
water will bridge-over the waves... others think she'll just knife THRU chop
instead of rising up over every wave, thus not pounding (but boy could those
straight-sided bows throw wet spray!). HEY, any Sneakeasy owners: COMMENTS,
please!! I'd use prudence not to go out in anything over two or
three-foot chop, just wait for the waves to subside (which up here in Puget
Sound they almost ALWAYS do a few hours later when the current-direction
changes to with-the-wind instead of against-it....unless it's a big storm,
for which there's usually good advance warning)
I'd think seriously to scale her up altogether to about 36' (was thinking of
commissioning PCB to bless this idea or re-design it altogether-- maybe this
winter....) especially since as-designed (for Bernie Wolfard in his
wheelchair) she doesn't have standing headroom in the cabin, only a little
over 5' -- and I'd hate to destroy the good proportions by just raising the
cabintop on the existing design -- wonder what the up-scaling would do to
Phil's usually very economical use of 4x8 plywood sheets?
Another change for the NW would be to make the fwd & aft cockpits
self-draining (would need a false-floor above waterline -- but that'd be
only a couple of inches of "wasted space" higher, no?) -- else you'd be
sponging out that last bit of rainwater a bit too often (gotta keep up that
myth that it rains here all the time so ya all won't move here next week...
Put a good rowing boat up on the cabintop (how about a Platt Monfort
Geodesic Ultralite whitehall? pardon the blasphemy, but the light weight up
so high would be best for balance AND for easy-launch), a bunch of those
ubiquitious and cheap fold-up chinese canvas-chairs, a blow-up queen-sized
mattress with built-in inflator (deflate in the morning for more cabin room)
a prota-potti in the aft corner of the cabin, with pull-around
shower-curtain for privacy, A Toyoset forced-air kerosene heater (outside
vented) -- the most expensive "bit" at about $1200 (see http://www
toyotomiusa.com/products/cabinboatheaters/NS-2700-2.html), but essential for
NW cruising! --and HEY, you've got a practical weekender boat WITHOUT the
tedious construction of all that interior furniture, out cruising WEEKS
before any of the more intricate designs.
Am I nuts?
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