Tortured Plywood Boat Plans

Schooner and Flashboat resulting narrow load waterline speaks of speed, and it suggests a possible lack of sufficient stability.

I've not yet had the pleasure of rowing a Flashboat, but I have pulled various West Coast designs that display remarkably similar sections. If you'll allow me the luxury of extrapolation

Stability should be no problem — if you're accustomed to canoes, kayaks, or high-performance pulling boats. This boat will feel tender at first, much in the manner of a light dory, but she'll seem to stiffen once you're settled down on the rowing thwart. Additional loading (say, a compatible passenger and a picnic lunch) will make her even more solid.

At low and moderate rowing effort, the Flashboat will pull much in the manner of a Whitehall — easily and with good carry — though you'll notice her light weight. The revelation will come when you pour on the power. Pulled with sufficient vigor, a typical rowing boat eventually will dig itself a hole in the water and fall into it. No matter how hard you row, you'll go no faster — a textbook demonstration of "hull speed."

The Flashboat, on the other hand, will reward additional effort with increased speed to a degree that feet almost unnatural. A glance at her lower hull line> removes some of the mystery; the water doesn't have to move far or fast to get out of her way.

The construction drawings show each side planked up with four highly "tortured" (twisted to produce compound curvature) strakes of 4mm Bruynzeel. Thi> is expedient design for accomplished builders, but the less experienced will want to be wary, as tortured plywood can bend in strange and subtle ways.

Flashboat is little heavier than some tandem canoes, but she's roomier and better suited to open water. She ought to be almost as fast as some recreational rowing shells, but she's simpler and less expensive. Weighing only 90 pounds, she'll travel happily on car-top — and that's packing a lot of performance on your roof.

Plans for the 15-foot Schooner and Flashboat are ai from Paul Gartside, 10305 W. Saanich Rd., RR #1, Sidney, BC, V8L 3R9, Canada.

Particulars Schooner

LOA 15'3" Beam 5'0" Sail area 108 sq ft

Particulars Schooner

LOA 15'3" Beam 5'0" Sail area 108 sq ft

Schooner and Flashboat

Flashboat's highly "tortured" 4mm Bruynzeel planking produces a stiff and light (90 pounds) structure.
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