The Hull Variations Of Building A Wooden Speed Boat

March 29, 2013 | By Guest | Filed in: Outdoor Camping.

If you are going to undertake constructing wood boats, the very first factor you want to determine will be the use of the boat. Maybe a multipurpose boat is what you will need, in which case it would not be specifically designed for any one particular function, but will perform effectively as a fishing boat, speed boat and leisure boat. Bear in mind, it won’t perform as well as a wooden speed boat that’s specifically designed for that goal alone.

Generally speaking, the method in which you utilize to construct a wooden speed boat won’t differ too much from other wooden boats you have built. Exactly where it’ll vary is within the design.

Comprehending Planing Hulls

You will frequently hear the 0 ‘Deep V’ or ‘Moderate V’. These 0 basically describe the degrees of the “V” at the transom. The 0 aren’t interchangeable they’re different hulls. A true ‘Deep V’ hull will have 20 to 24 degrees of V at the transom while a Moderate V hull is one with around 20 degrees of V at the transom. Some builders and designers will also include V hulls which are less than twenty degrees but greater than sixteen. Suffice to say that a hull having a V at the transom of twenty degrees or more can be securely classified as a deep V and probably ought to not be considered a extended distance or cruising boat.

Practically all planing wooden hulls are single chine configuration and many have ‘chine flats’ or ‘planing chines’ and occasionally ‘planing strakes’ that help with getting on to, and maintaining the planing attitude. Most builders will agree that chine flats are desirable on all planing craft. However, intermediate planing strakes might not beneficial if your wooden speed boat won’t be traveling quicker than 30 knots. Planing chines or flats, will start with a small flat close to the bow, that will steadily increase in width to the widest point just aft of amidship and will maintain this width through the stern. The downward cant throughout its duration will establish the efficiency of the ‘chine flat’.

Deep V hulls perform well at high speeds in rough water. This overall performance makes them excellent racing boats. While most deep V wooden speed boats are designed to travel from about 30-35 knots, some more refined speed boats can easily reach speeds up to 50 knots.

Planing hulls, deep V hulls are very well-liked designs if you like to feel the speed and are ready to equip it with the engine that can facilitate the speed, at a high fuel price I might add.

If you’re planning on operating your boat at lower speeds, you are going to not be pleased with the performance of a wooden boat having a deep V hull; the bow wave may be most uncomfortable for a rider.

The biggest factor in planing hull efficiency is excess weight, specifically the amount of weight per sq. foot of hull bottom. For this reason a wooden speed boat’s cockpit will likely be quite scant as to not add weight. Whilst they may be comfortable for the most part, the principal function is to fulfill your need for speed, not luxury.

A perfect place to boat at high speeds is Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is possible to take your wooden speed boat from Spokane over to the lake and open it up with little restriction. However, touring far on the waterways won’t be one of the most comfortable thing you have ever done.

For more information about owning a classic wooden speed boat, contact our Sales Center @ 866.525.3232 or via email pauln@hagadonemarine.com. For restoration services contact the Resort Boat Shop @ 208-667-5099 or via email eobrien@hagadonemarine.com. You can also visit us on the web @ www(dot)hagadonemarine(dot)com

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