Chick Ludwig Posted January 25, 2018 Report Share Posted January 25, 2018 Well Boys and Girls. Summer Breeze has moved on to her new home. It's time now to start planning and scheming my next project. The boat building disease has a firm hold on me, so I gotta BUILD! It's still too cold to work out in the factory. I mean, garage, and when it warms up, I've got an old 18 foot Starcraft "family boat" that I gotta fix up to keep Miss Debbie happy. But I thought maybe y'all would like to help me out as we work together to come up with my ideal micro power cruiser. I would consider a design/plan from someone else, but so far have not found one suitable, so will probably design it myself. This will be my first non-B&B design in a LONG time, but I don't thing that the Master and Young Master would be interested in designing this one. (If you two are listening in, and WOULD be interested in whipping out a set of hull panel patterns like ya did for the Motor Canoe, then please chime in here!!!) So here are a few design parameters: 1. Gotta be small, easy to store, tow, and handle. 14 ft. or less. 2. Light weight and able to plane with a 15 horse power, old John-rude motor. Tiller steer. 3. Have a permanent cuddy cabin, large enough to sleep one, privacy for the porta-potty, room for enough "stuff" for two or three day trips. 36 inch sitting headroom. 4. A cockpit big enough to spread my legs, carry two 6 gallon fuel tanks, lockers for life jackets, etc. May be self bailing, but maybe not. The seats would be high enough to see over the cabin, so a high, self bailing floor could help with that. 5. Pram, garvey, jon style hull to provide room below, increase stability, and allow a longer planing waterline. It would need a wide bottom to provide enough "lift" to plane with the small motor. 6. The mountain lakes I'll be exploring don't get rough, so a flat bottom is probably desired. It would provide more room, increase stability at rest, and be easier to power. A shallow "V" would be acceptable, too---maybe. 7. It (she?) needs to be good looking in a "cute" sorta way. No slab sides and straight sheer line. 8. Easily built with stitch and glue, W.E.S.T. construction techniques. Golly, nuttin' to it, y'all. so, let's hear it from ya. Speak your minds. I won't be offended. Probably. (I bet Action Tiger will have some great comments! He's an independent thinker like me.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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