With respect to the 17' Whitehall Rowing Skiff design, both planked and lapstrake designs are common.
Is lapstrake or planked construction better for rowing performance of these designs?
Typical planked 17' Whitehall (Glen-L design I think):
Typical lapstrake 18' Whitehall (Heritage 18):
Assuming that each vessel is designed and built to the best performance design of its "class" (lapstrake vs. planked), which type will perform best with respect to recreational rowing?
Or is there no advantage to lapstrake vs. planked construction, or vice-versa.
In the examples above, there are differences in design
- Fixed seat vs. sliding seat.
- Wood hull vs. carbon fiber hull.
- Rigger vs. gunwale mount oarlocks.
- 300 pounds vs. 90 pounds.
- Lapstrake vs. planked.
My primary interest is in the performance of the lapstrake vs. planked.