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Old 01-03-2013, 22:12   #1
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Liveaboard Hull DIY

Thanks in advance. My research has left me confused and feeling way out of my depth. So to speak.
The question is, Sharpie or Scow?
The sharpie will be built old-tyme style, posts driven into the earth, topsides joined at bow, bent around to transom.
The scow will be built using Dave Zeigler's Triloboat technique.
Dimensions are 80 foot max LOA, 20 foot max beam, zero ballast, zero hull penetrations.
Junk rig, leeboards. Steam power. At least two workspaces, min 8'x8'. Accomodations for
2-6 adults, up to 6 kids.
Inshore waters, mainly rivers, near shore on Great Lakes.

I'd appreciate both experiental and theoretical input.
I realize that this is a rather arbitrary set of specs. Nonetheless, I would like to stick with them, OK?
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Re: Liveaboard Hull DIY

how much have you got to spend,80 ft is a lot of boat,even if it is basically a raft?
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I didnt know Triloboats went to 80'. The 32' looks to be the max. That size being a rectangle would be quite roomy.

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Re: Liveaboard Hull DIY

Sorry for not being clearer. Please treat this enquiry is a thought exercise, hull vs. hull, with the restrictions I laid out. Assume, for now, anyway, that there are no cost constraints. I have a good reason for asking, I mean beside the fact that I don't know enough to choose between the two hulls, but I would prefer not to discuss that reason, yet. So, please, just weigh in with your opinions about which hull is more suitable, and why, and thank you again.
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Re: Liveaboard Hull DIY

cant see it making much difference!

here is an 80ft by 15 ft flat bottomed vessel i delivered off shore last year,weigh about 40 tonne,basically you are just pushing a hole in the water,struggled to make more than 2.5 knots in the open sea ,and 4.5 in the rivers and canals.

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