Club Boat

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Paul Browne, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. Paul Browne
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    Paul Browne Junior Member

    Hi Folks,

    This post describes an idea that may have originated with John Bell, who has a real knack for boat design. Bruce Hector picked up the ball and is organizing a 4 foot beam protoytpe to be assembled and floated, next week actually, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

    The concept is a modular boat. Participants build floating modules, haul them to a meet in an interesting location, and assemble them on the spot into one large vessel, capable of taking the whole gang. I'm suggesting that the concept be extended to a boating club, and the resulting boat or boats be large enough for weekend cruises on sheltered waters. The illustration below shows only one possibility.

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    Each club member builds two pontoons, along with deck, end, and side panels. These parts all fit onto a small utility trailer, and bolted together they make a small but competent shanty boat or even a hunt cabin. Folks lug aboard the loose furniture they want, cots, tables, chairs, rugs, curtains, porta-poties, etc.

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    But when two, tree, four, or maybe even five of these sub-assemblies are bolted together along with a similar "tractor module", the Club Boat Marie Liette results. She's a river boat, with man-sized pontoons. The beam is 12 feet, and there's one 4 foot side deck for sitting, whittling, and waving, and one 2 foot side deck for line handling and foot soaking. There's a very large upper deck for meals and socializing, and a back deck for trolling, smoking and contemplating where you've been. The engine is an outboard, say a hard-working 15 hp high thrust, and it's up forward, like in a trap skiff, to eliminate any control linkages. The helm is actually on the lower deck forward, and the helmsman uses a simple tiller extension, probably while sitting in a deck chair sipping a coke. There'll be anchors and rode and boathooks in all four corners, and lots of hands to holler, heave and haul.

    Marie Liette won't be fast, maybe 4 1/2 knots upwind, maybe 6 1/2 knots downwind and down hill, but the passengers and crew won't care.

    So there's the general concept and one possible Club Boat arrangement. There are a few more details in my album on this site, but they're not too important right now. I bet some of you have other ideas as to how it could look and work, and I'd sure like to hear about them.

    Cheers,

    Paul Browne
     
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