44277Re: [bolger] Pontoon Boats, HP, Fuel economy (was: Delaware concept--trawler yacht)
- Jun 30, 2005If you wind up doing a homebuilt pontoon, do not sacrifice bridgedeck
height. The 'toons don't lift to waves like a conventional hull. Hit a big
enough wave and it will sweep the deck. The higher the deck, the bigger the
wave you can hit. Another thing about pontoons is that they are very
sensitive to weight. Adding three adults and a full tank of gas cuts several
miles per hour off our top speed. So build light and be realistic about how
much furniture you put on board. Larger, more buoyant pontoons are better.
Mine are 25" diameter and I wish they were 27". Even PCB found this out with
BANTAM, so he wound up revising the plan adding 4" of depth to the hulls in
the form of glassed over foam.
What baffles me is that every aluminum pontoon boat drags its transoms.
Well, I've seen *one* with conical ends on the stern. Since a pontoon will
never plane, I don't get it.
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