Does this boat exist?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by HowardH, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. HowardH
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    A small skiff type boat. Not a planing hull. A displacement hull that moves efficiently with a small outboard AND has a shallow draft; yet can carry some weight.

    I envision it being used for traveling lakes and rivers while fishing/trolling and possibly hunting. Open for room to move about, lower sides to minimize wind effects and small enough to pull up on the beach and flip over.

    Room for two people.
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  5. Mr Efficiency
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    He specifically says he does not want a planing hull, presumably he wants to row it, sometimes. A flat bottom boat with rocker, such as the bottom just kisses the water at the transom, would do the job.
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    You'll need to be a little more specific.
    A low deck catamaran might do the trick.
    No need to flip it over on shore.
    You could pitch a tent on it.

    A planing hull can be operated in displacement mode, but not terribly efficiently.
    You'll need a fair bit of length in a cat to keep the draft down, little rocker.
    Still maneuverable with an outboard though.

    So, to answer your question, no, you'll most likely have to make one.
  7. HowardH
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    Hmmmm more specific. First priority is it has to run efficiently at slow speed. It must do well at trolling. Typical troll speed of .5 to 1.5 mph. This means track true and have a low enough profile to not be blown around excessively in the wind.

    I would like a shallow draft, say 6" or less when loaded light.

    Light weight enough to drag up the beach etc. So a removable motor, fuel can and battery.

    Open floor to move about. I know this will have to be a smaller boat so open is critical.

    This boat comes closest in my research so far. Candlefish 16 – Devlin Designing Boat Builders
  8. Rurudyne
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    On beachability, are you going to be dealing mainly with rivers/lakes or something rougher? Seabright skiffs, of which Happly Clam is an example, are supposed to be good to go in either. There is also a simpler type, the dory, that may serve. Here's a link: (different designs near the end)
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  9. messabout
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    A simple flat bottomed skiff will do the job. It needs to have sufficient rocker on both ends, A reasonably durable 16 footer can weigh as little as 130 pounds, like the one in my back yard. It has been decent but not spectacular under oars. My 28 pound thrust ancient Minn Kota can push it at 4 knots WOT. My 2.3 HP Tohatsu will make it go at about 9+ knots if at WOT. At that speed it is doing a mushy plane. It is a dead simple little boat that is typical of the type. There are many of that type that have been around, and proven useful, for a hundred years or more. It also sails fairly well with a 60 square foot sprit boom rig. This is a little boat that is not the best at anything but it does so many things sufficiently well as to recommend it along with others of its general type.

    It is made with the Stitch and glue method with 9mm Ocumee bottom and 6mm sides. Six ounce epoxy glass on the bottom and chine areas. Draft is less than 6 inches with a load of 400 pounds more or less. Sheer beam 52 inches. it is maybe a bit narrow for those who need lots of beer while fishing.

    Flatties are good little boats that satisfy a variety of wants and needs. Not the best at anything but entirely adequate at their several abilities.

  10. Squidly-Diddly
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    Grumman sport boat - Wikipedia

    note that it was originally rated for 1100lbs and up to 25hp, but able to plane (with less than 1100lbs load) on as little as 3.5hp.

    "Except on Alaskan rivers, Sport Boats are uncommon west of the Rockies. The University of Washington Aquatic Recreation Center has a dozen or so heavily used and extensively repaired SportBoats in its rowing fleet...."

    I investigated one for sale. The bottom looked it was used more like a toboggan down wet rocks than an actual boat. Huge deep dents on entire bottom, but only one repaired spot.

    I've also seen them jury rigged for mild sailing.

    $3000 MSRP

    Here are PLANS to make your own wooden version, if you really hate metal boats.
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