Approximating Displacement for Canoes and Kayaks

On January 23, 2018, in Designer Articles, Human Powered, by Glen L. Witt

A common question is “how much weight will she hold?” This especially applies to smaller boats such as canoes or kayaks. The following will give a rough idea of the displacement of a typical double ended craft such as a kayak or canoe. It will not be accurate with boats that have a transom. The […]

Buoyancy and How To Balance Your Hull

On September 13, 2017, in Designer Articles, by Ken Hankinson

In a recent “Build Your Dream Boat” email, we introduced the principle of buoyancy and how any floating object pushes aside, or displaces, an amount or volume of water that’s EXACTLY the weight of the floating body. This all-up weight of the floating body we call displacement. In the following, we’ll extend our discussion on […]

What is This Thing Called Displacement?

On February 18, 2011, in Build Your Dream Boat Series, News From Gayle, by Gayle Brantuk

  Continuing the boat building dream #27…   Dear, I hope all is well with you. The article below was written by Ken Hankinson and I think it’s a very thorough explanation of displacement and boat design… enjoy! ********* Scratch and Dent Sale ********* Every once in a while we get our inventory of books […]

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