Originally Posted by HopCar
That’s really nice. I think by doing that you solved another problem. Small boats with tiller steered Outboards love to point their nose to the sky when trying to get on plane. People end up putting tiller extensions and fins on the Outboards. You now have planeing surface behind the engine which will hold the bow down. I think you made a real improvement to the design. I think it will jump right on plane with no drama.
Nice workmanship too.
You have a good eye for small boats.
I've designed and built quite a few of them and agree w/your observations.
We do a lot w/ours and use them for small boats, not just as a dinghy.
I've run a 6 gallon fuel tank dry in a day.
I've knee boarded behind one.
Hauled bikes, dogs,beach chairs, people etc.
I've towed them, inflated them on site and hauled them on davits.
Rowed them and powered them.
I spent the last 2 seasons trying to accept an inflatable as that boat and failed.
10' w/inflatable keel and plywood floor.
I built a second, aft seat (w/integrated cooler, storage etc), installed a bag (for storage) on the forward seat, I used a tiller extension and moved the fuel tank for balance depending on load.
One thing my home built will do better is stay on plane at lower speeds which the inflatable would not do.
In rough (what's not rough to a 10' boat?) water it was a challenge just to stay on plane.
Plus look at actual cockpit size of a 10' inflatable.
Smaller than a 8' fiberglass dink.
BTW, I built and raced 10' hydroplanes for 9 yrs so like what canbe done w/a small boat, done well.
It's April in Ohio and 30* and snowing so who knows when we'll find out if my idea works ��