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Old 23-06-2021, 21:45   #1
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40' Steel flat bottom Scow

40' Steel flat bottom Scow
Built at Capital Iron in the 80's
Been on land the whole time except for 10 months
13'8" beam midship tapers to 8'6" at bow and stern
Coal tar epoxyed on the inside
Hot sprayed zinc on the outside
Ready for interior design
85hp Isuzu inboard
Needs propshaft installed
Great liveaboard or cargo hauler
Beaching ability
$10,000 OBO
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Location Lesquiti Island B.C.
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Old 08-08-2021, 14:44   #2
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Re: 40' Steel flat bottom Scow

Can you tell me the condition of engine and draft?
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Old 08-08-2021, 15:11   #3
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Re: 40' Steel flat bottom Scow

Hi Scott the draft in about 1' it is a coastal flat bottom boat great for beaching it I was going to put spuds that would drop down to level. As for the engine itsseems to be in great condition I have all new seals to put in it. My friend got the engine out of a fishing boat and saw it ran rode in the boat when it ran. Thats about all i can say about it.
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Old 21-06-2024, 12:18   #4
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Re: 40' Steel flat bottom Scow

Did you sell the scow?
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Old 21-06-2024, 12:38   #5
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Re: 40' Steel flat bottom Scow

I can remember seeing a guy build one of these. He had it powered by two outboards in wells. He also had two telephone poles rigged as masts, I can't remember the sail configuration....a yunk rig maybe.

Nonetheless, I was there when he pulled off. I think he made it about 1/4 mile down the ICW where her ran aground in the marshes.

Not sure what became of it after that, but this thread brings back memories. May serve as some kind of work scow, but as a sailboat....fugetaboutit....
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Old 21-06-2024, 13:54   #6
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Re: 40' Steel flat bottom Scow

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I can remember seeing a guy build one of these. He had it powered by two outboards in wells. He also had two telephone poles rigged as masts, I can't remember the sail configuration....a yunk rig maybe.

Nonetheless, I was there when he pulled off. I think he made it about 1/4 mile down the ICW where her ran aground in the marshes.

Not sure what became of it after that, but this thread brings back memories. May serve as some kind of work scow, but as a sailboat....fugetaboutit....

Mic, I'm not sure if you're aware, but scow designs make excellent sailing vessels and have been traditionally used all over the world anywhere shallow draft, large volume, and high stability are important. Their simple designs make for strong and easily constructed boats.


Of course, there are important design features that must be present for a scow to sail well, like a centerboard, or leeboards for example, and not too much freeboard or windage.



Historically, scows were sailed long before engines came about. They were a critical boat for transporting cargo across shallow river bars. While not seaworthy enough for ocean travel, they could be very weatherly, and were known for their speed off the wind.



https://www.baylightscharters.com/ba...ners-on-sf-bay



https://portaransasmuseum.org/texas-scow-schooner/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampan
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Old 21-06-2024, 17:54   #7
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Re: 40' Steel flat bottom Scow

Well, I must admit I know little about scows.

This particular craft I saw was more like a miniature barge. Very rectangular in shape.
The bow came up as "slant forward" edge, but besides that, it was slab sided elsewhere. At a rough guess it had a beam of around 20', and length of maybe 50'. It did sport a metal pipe as a bowsprit.

What the design intent was meant to be, I could not tell. It did have a " house" of sorts on deck. As mentioned before, it was powered by two outboards in wells. It sported a big barn door type rudder, and had two telephone poles as masts. It deep not have a keel of any kind, nor leeboards. It might have had a centerboard, but this detail escapes me.

I have photo's of it somewhere in my stash of pics.

Having built my own steel boat, I took an interest in this oddity. The owner/builder was himself an oddity. Quite a reclusive gentleman. What drove him to build this craft I could not say.

Not wanting to hijack your thread, but this thread just brings back those memories.

Wishing you all the best !!
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