Monday, January 11, 2010
Recycled boat part 27
On reflexion the boat has a soft floor and seems too flexible. It is from putting the deck on the boat and placing the weight on the gunnels and this forces the bottom to bow upwards, If the seats are attached to the floor as originally the weight is spread on the floor and the bowing is less pronounced but is still there.The keel may have some rot in it. I will fit some bilge keels to strenghten the hull and attach the seats to these. So its back to the tip for more timber....So much for a cheap boat but I am enjoying the process. The bilge keels will trap air as on power catamarans and give a softer ride.It may even plain because there is less friction between the hull and the water something like a hovercraft, time will tell.