I'm needing a lighter boat. The 17' Alumacraft is to long and too heavy. Stability is sufficient, however. I'd like to go quite a bit shorter, but I'll have to get wider to haul my big frame and my gear.
Thanks for your time. I was kind of thinking the same thing about the stringers and floor. Maybe even some rub ribs on the outside of the bottom stringers.
You're right on the paddling as well. Sculled an aluminum boat when I was younger. Paddling on open water stunk, but you were able to get in some tight places when the wind wasn't blowing. Worse than anything however was the noise.
Which Horton book would cover something close to what I'm talking about?
Your website and youtube videos routed me here. I was worried about durability until I saw your video.