My first boat

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by marioantoci, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. marioantoci
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    yeah I was kind of thinking the same think and I may need to extend this to 14' or so. I was a little reluctant to do that but after seeing the stich and glue process I shouldn't have too much trouble doing it right. I have freeship but I need to learn more about the software before I can get the desired result. I was thinking about rocker too there really isn't any and I need to look into that.

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    Fanie Fanie

    Doing it right in the making is not the problem. Doing it in the right size is more of a problem. On land a boat always looks bigger than it is, but once you put it in water it becomes a lot smaller.

    Making a too small boat work is a lot harder than to make a bigger boat work. The bigger boat is just going to be a bit more work and material.

    If I was doing something like that I'd make the length 4m and width 1.4m, or 5m long and 1m600 wide.

    If I have a choice I'll go for the 5m.
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    I remember the first boat I every built, from scratch that is. I was 14 years old, it took me all of 30 seconds to capsize in a pond on our farm. After that, it made an excellent feed trough for our cattle. Plans are cheap for a small boat. It will give you a great deal of insight just by building from a good design. But on the other hand, some things are best learned by experience. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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    Fanie Fanie

    This stuff is for you to work through and get a better idea what to look at Mario.

    Dankie Manie
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    Some things that come to mind in your design evolution is that the ends of the boat should be kept light and the weight concentrated in the middle for a better motion. Enough rocker to get the transom out of the water reduces drag tremendously. There are plenty of skiff designs documented to look at to get a feel for shapes when they were still working watercraft. I'd look at books by Howard Chapelle, John Gardener, Pete Culler, Bill Atkins, Bolgers and Payson. to see simple skiff designs. On the cheap borrow them through interlibrary loan for research.
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    mario, id buy a plan. that first line screams out. I built a 27 tolman jumbo with 5/8 bottom and 3/8 sides. It has a honda 150 on it. so I think you are safe to bolt 5 or 6 2.5s on your 1/2 transom. buy a plan please.

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