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16LT Hull shape
Posted by Dave P on Feb 7, 2007
I am working on the fairing of the 16LT I am working on and am wondering if the bow is a little to prominent. Maybe not the best word to use to describe the shape but I hope I am understood. It appears that at the point where the bow bottom panels and the side panels come together that the bow may be a little bit to steeply formed and have too much of a knife edge type shape. I built a 17 std. several years ago and love the boat but when I get into steep swells (3'-7') and the boat starts to surf it frequently will veer to the side. I haven't broached(yet) but I expend a lot of effort and lose some speed getting it straightened out. The 17 appears to be fair and handles great otherwise. With the 16LT I am wondering if the bow is steeper than it should be and if this handling characteristic will be present in this boat too. I appears that the rocker is normal. I am considering shaping the panels to reduce the fin like aspect of the shape but am concerned I will be causing some other problems. Does the existing shape sound normal? Does anyone have more knowledge or experiance with this? All feedback (especially from CLC) would be appreciated.