Change My Skeg?
Hey there everyone. I'm new to this forum and fairly new to boat building, so please excuse me if i dont use the right lingo or ask a really basic question that may seem very obvious to the rest of you. Here's my question - the boat im currently building was designed as a sailing dingy. I omitted the daggerboard from the design, but still installed the proper skeg as called for in the plans. I will be using an outboard for propulsion, and the idea that this type of skeg might not be ideal in the layout im using. the current skeg is 3/4 inch wide and 3" tall under the transom. It tapers away to meet the bottom of the v hull about midship. It seems to me that this would work fine when planing out and going straight, but I think there is a better design out there that would help the boat handle. Since the boat is not finnished i dont know for sure. maybee a skeg that is much wider and not quite as tall would be better. or how about no skeg at all. What do you people think?
here is some reference info:
loa 12',beam 4'6" , V hull, stitch & glue construction
Don't think that little skeg will slow you down much, but the boat might become sketchy at speed. Given it's a small piece of wood on a small boat, trying it both ways should be relatively easy.
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