Chick Ludwig Posted November 11, 2016 Report Share Posted November 11, 2016 Well folks, here I go again. You may remember the Sport Boat thread where we developed Turtler? Everything worked out very well for a trailerable, but light weight boat to cruise around the small and not-so-small mountain lakes, but Turtler is too heavy to car-top. I'll refer you to that discussion and build: http://messing-about.com/forums/topic/8952-sport-boat/ Miss Debbie and I need something lighter to carry on top of our Ford Explorer while pulling our camper. Something us old folks can load and unload. She loves camping for the fun of the camping itself, but I gotta go on the water. I can't just hang around the campsite doing whatever campers do. We explored small aluminum boats and used "flat-back" canoes. All were too too heavy for us. Newer, and more exotic flat-backs are out there, but for at more expense than we can squeeze into our (read that as "my") boat budget. So, back to the drawing board---well, not exactly. It's back to the Master's computer design program. I spent some time with Graham while at the messabout working on a new design. Since then, I've been back-and-forth with Alan (the Young Master) by e-mail. The following sums up the design parameters so far. Hey, how'd ya like that fancy, big word, y'all? We need the weight to be 65# or less if possible. Length will be 14~16 ft, depending on meeting that weight. Beam around 39 in. Probably two seats for a 14 ft. boat, or three for a 16 footer. The front seat needs to be far enough back to give foot room. The seats will be "box seats" to give support to the hull bottom and to hold flotation foam. All plywood will be 4 mm with an extra layer "doubler" in the hull bottom for stiffness. Naturally there is a "flat back"---a transom---for the motor. An electric or small gas outboard is planned. In my case, Mr. Zuki will provide power. He already does duty as power for Turtler, and as an auxiliary for Summer Breeze. I LOVE that little motor. In order to be classified as a canoe by the US Coast Guard, the transom must be no more that 45% of the maximum beam. This lets us avoid the flotation, upright-and-level, and safe loading requirements. These would be impossible to meet in a canoe-type hull. We need the hull to be narrow enough to paddle back into those shallow, swampy areas I enjoy so much. Maybe Alan will post a picture of the design. I'm not sure if it's been updated to the latest thinking, or if it's still where graham and I left off at the messabout. The plan right now is for B&B to draw the hull panels out full size on heavy paper that can be rolled and mailed to me. I'll then transfer that to the actual plywood that I have left over from previous projects. If all goes well, the plan is (probably-maybe) to develop it as a stock plan. Maybe we can call this canoe a "Moccasin on steroids". Hmmm, a little humor? A VERY little! Oh well. I'll keep you posted as this project progresses. Let's have your input. especially if you are interested in one of these for yourselves. Well, Miss Debbie just called. time for lunch! See ya later, alligator! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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