River Queen Bow Modification

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Wavewacker, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Wavewacker
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    Gents, the River Queen is a steel houseboat with a semi-displacement (?) bow/hull, and while they have been out where they shouldn't be (gulf) would a higher bow maybe extending it forward and up higher help with rougher water? They range from about 36 to 48' I believe. Sorry I can't post pics...
     
  2. messabout
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    A River Queen exposed to gulf weather and water conditions is sure to rattle the dishes no matter what kind of bow she has. A lot of bow overhang might help keep things a little drier but the dishes will still rattle.
     
  3. Wavewacker
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    LOL. so you're saying the rest of the struture won't take it? Or would paper plates solve the problem?

    The hull looked sound but the bow is too low....and the sides?

    It's alot of room for the $$....as a Looper....
     
  4. messabout
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    I have no idea about the adequacy of the structure, it may or may not be adequate.

    Houseboats are usually designed such that maximum interior space and minimum draft are the aim. The hull is therefore box like which is not the best shape for rough water comfort. Houseboats also tend to have high, slab sided, superstructures that behave badly in windy conditions that are frequent in coastal regions..
     

  5. Wavewacker
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    I wonder if anyone has ever modified a houseboat? Would leeboards help it stay on course at low speeds? Must be like a heavy, or very heavy Sharpie. The ability to get up to the beach is a big plus and so is the room. Weather would be more of an issue, the Great Loop is the intended use. The big draw back is that it's not too road worthy or easily transported.
     
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