Pond Cruiser

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Alan_VA, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Alan_VA
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    Alan_VA Junior Member

    I have been asked to design and help build a boat for a friend. My professional experience has been in sea-going vessels only. Requirements:

    Operates only on a pond; stored dry
    Lapstrake, neo-classical appearance, figurehead on stem.
    Seat 4 middle aged non-athletic adults (women in voluminous dresses)
    Cruise speed 3 kts
    Max speed 5 kts
    Strongly prefer electric propulsion

    Would also explore a design that seats 6.

    Given the intended use, I'm thinking strong bilge chines and broad transom. Are there any plans already out there that might be a good starting point, or am I in completely new territory? Can this be done (reasonably well) in 16-18 ft LWL?
  2. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    18-20' victorian punts or wherrys are what you describe, but you say you want electric propulsion. You will want to go look at the ELCO launches. www.elcomotoryachts.com.
  3. MatthewDS
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  4. Alan_VA
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    Alan_VA Junior Member

    MatthewDS - Thanks for the pointers. The requirements set was all about slow and elegant, and I failed to consider the power levels of earlier days, and the boat styles thereby required.


  5. fredrosse
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    fredrosse USACE Steam

    Electric Cruiser

    The easiest way to get a good electric cruiser is to buy a used fiberglass sailboat on e-bay, cut out the centerboard well, and glass in a propeller shaft. Sailboats with bad sails or a broken mast go for a song on e-bay, I bought mine, with trailer, for $108. Yahoo groups, electric boats, has a description about building an electric Javelin. I have been cruising with this boat for 5 years now, good for 4 adults, so something a little larger would be required for 6 passengers.

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