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Re: SOT Hull Shape?
Posted by LeeG on Aug 29, 2006
also if you make a wide/shorter hull with the least wetted area, less drag, more efficient, you have a rounded hull that will feel tippy sitting high,,like the Necky Dolphin. A wide rounded hull will require more structural reinforcement or it'll get flexible using plastic so it tends to get heavy so those developed edges provide some rigidity for a given hull thickness and lighter weight. Anyone who has had a composite WS Chesapeak Pro will recognize what happens to a thin composite in a beamy rounded hull near the chines,,lotso cracks. The surf-ski is a natural design for warm water paddling with knees up racing position eliminating all the safety/self-rescue issues of 500lbs of water surging through a very lightly built hull in a wet-exit.
In Response to: Re: SOT Hull Shape? by Kurt Maurer on Aug 28, 2006