Designer Articles

Buttocks, Waterlines and Diagonals

On June 7, 2017, in Designer Articles, by Glen L. Witt
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This discussion primarily applies to vee bottom boats, although the terminology is similar to those with a round bilge. The terms buttocks (butt), waterlines (wl), and diagonals (diag) are referred to on the “Lines Drawing” of a set of plans which is usually on sheet 2. Unless the boat is being lofted, they will have […]

Why Fiberglass A Boat?

On May 28, 2015, in Designer Articles, WebLetters, by Gayle Brantuk
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The following article is excerpted from our book, “How to Fiberglass a Boat”.   It may seem self-evident why one should want to cover a boat with fiberglass. But the surprising thing is that many people do not realize the REAL reasons. Some just assume that it’s the thing to do because they’ve seen it […]

Porpoise, what is it?

On May 8, 2015, in Designer Articles, by Glen L. Witt
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Planing boats can have a condition where the boat “bounces” in the planing attitude and will longitudinally teeter totter back and forth. In severe cases the boat can leap clear of the water. In either case, the ride is rough and uncomfortable. A small amount of porpoise is desirable in faster boats as they shouldn’t […]

Decking – the icing on the cake

On March 27, 2015, in Designer Articles, by Glen L. Witt
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Icing isn’t necessary on a cake, but it sure makes it look and taste even better. An attractive wooden deck on a boat is similar. It doesn’t change the basic boat, but does enhance the appearance; often many times over. Now let’s understand that we have nothing against the fisherman, hunter, or workboat operator who […]

Fitting the Chines

On February 25, 2015, in Designer Articles, Plywood Construction, by Glen L. Witt
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A chine in a boat is the backing member of the side and bottom planking and is typical on a hard chine hull, meaning an abrupt angle change from bottom to side, not a radius or round shape. In other words, the chine is the usual longitudinal backing typical on vee bottom boats. The backing […]

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