Originally Posted by lazeyjack
and in my opinion they are neither fish nor fowl, they look horrible, a serious compremise
I beg to differ from you Jack
If designed by a designer that knows his stuff, it is just as pleasing to look at as any other boat...
A little tale that happens to be true as told to me by Dudley Dix; In the early 90's, a very well known designer (now residing in NZ)
and the doyen of SA designers at the time, looked at one of Dix's radius chine hulls on the dry about to be launched, and made the remark that it is one of the best round bilge steel hulls he has ever seen. Was he flabbergasted to learn that it is in fact a radius chine hull.
Yes, I had seen some less than nice radius chine hulls in my time and the Robert's version comes to mind. Some American designers also make them look sad and this is mainly due using different radius along the hull...
| The website says it's a radius bilge type hull. I've been comparing this to some Bruce Roberts designs which have radius chine hulls which are suppose to be much easier to build than a round bilge (Bruce differentiates these in his books). Yet even Ted seems to make a difference between his radius bilge and a true round bilge. Are these two processes just different names for the same construction process from each designer?
A round bilge is not a radius chine. Most fibreglass hulls are round bilge designs as you have ever changing curves all over the hull so to speak which makes it difficult to duplicate in steel unless you are a very skilled steel worker.
Radius chine hulls are actually a single hard chine hull with the chine "softened"
as pointed out by Par. As said before, if it is properly designed, it CAN be more pleasing to look and at as a proper round bilge hull...in fact, without being biased, I think it looks better overall.
And the beauty of this type of construction is that it is well within the ability of amateur builder and actually very easy to build
| But besides the looks, are there any other reasons to not use this technique? |
Just to put your mind at ease regarding the "looks", I attach a few photos of Dix designed radius chine hulls. Three photos are of the Dix43 now under construction at my shop and as a matter of fact, one of Dix earlier - 1987 - designs and his later ones are much more pleasing if I may say so.
The other two are of a Dix65, designed in 1990/1. I had build the Dix38 (which I actually commissioned in 1991)
and the Dix57 and both are just as nice.
As for the looks, study the pics and you be the judge...