Friday, December 3, 2010
Building a Rowing Shell
I've been trying to decide what to call this design. It will be a double-ended, fixed seat row boat approximately eighteen feet long and just over two feet wide.
The bottom shape is from a set of kayak plans, though it will be an open boat with no decks and will resemble a river bateau more than anything. It could be paddled like a canoe. My poor tired shoulders (bursitis) don't stand up too well to the forward paddling motion of a canoe or kayak, so I prefer to row.
She's going to be a sleek, fast stiletto of a boat, that's for sure. It's been many years since I built using the stitch and glue method and it's not my favorite but for this boat it seems appropriate.
The plywood is a pretty mahogany and will vanish nicely.
The design for this project is in my head so please be patient and see how it turns out. No drawings or sketches to show you, sorry. What you see here is the bottom which has a slight "V" shape, a shallow, narrow fin or skeg and about three inches of rocker.
The chine will very closely define the waterline which is about 17 feet long and 22 inches wide at maximum beam. She'll draw about three inches with a payload of approximately 400 pounds.
Doryman should have no problem hitting six knots with this slender sliver!