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Re: electric kayak
Posted by Laszlo on Mar 20, 2007
Sea kayaks are a bit special. While they are not planing hulls, neither are they pure displacement hulls. The fine entries and long narrow shapes slice through the bow wave instead of displacing it, so they easily exceed the displacement "speed limit" (about 6 mph for a 16-ft boat). Whether it climbs the bow wave or slices through it when overpowered depends on the hull shape. A beamy MC is more likely to climb than a pencil-thin Pax. Can't tell if this is Steve's problem since I'm not familiar with his kayak type. The GPS experiment is a good idea.
In Response to: Re: electric kayak by Robert Hancock on Mar 20, 2007