View Full Version : Can a Long Keel Sailboat Hull be Rebuilt into a (reasonable) Displacement Hull?
08-03-2005, 12:41 PM
Has anyone ever seen this done or thought about it?
I can imagine taking a deep sailboat hull and cutting away the garboards and keel and floors and rebuilding the framing and planking , into a displacemnt hull sans ballast keel. (?)
08-03-2005, 12:59 PM
I had a Hustler long ago. It was similar to a lightning but marconi rigged cat. Nice boat.
Just for the heck of it, a guy down the harbor from me, pulled the centerboard of his Hustler and built some sort of lee board arrangement and extended the forestay with a bow plank and added a jib.
The boat would capsize to look at it. he broke this beautiful hull up and burned it in his front yard as if some sort of punishment for not conforming to his wishes.
08-03-2005, 02:00 PM
[ 08-03-2005, 02:03 PM: Message edited by: RichKrough ]
08-03-2005, 02:26 PM
Way back in the 1950's a 40 ft Chesapeake Bay Sailboat was redone into a powerboat with fly bridge and outriggers etc. Pretty much of the keel was still there but a Chrysler Crown gas engine was installed instead of the little tiny one that was there. That boat has Cment in the bilges and is heavy as all hell, a good fishing platform in rough water. The masts and all sail stuff was discarded and that boat was run as a charter boat off the NJ shore untill that engine fell apart and then a V8 was installed, when that one fell apart a Ford Lehman 6 cyl Diesel was put in. Last I saw that boat was in the late 80's, and it was still running.
So, can you modify your boat? of course you can,,,
08-03-2005, 05:03 PM
Some of the responses to your query suggest that your proposition may be feasible.
However, in-depth testing of the vessel - resulting from the proposed alterations - would be the norm, under the careful watch of the Coast Guard. ;)
08-03-2005, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by popeye:
I can imagine taking a deep sailboat hull and cutting away the garboards and keel and floors ... (?)... and ending up with a crippled, formerly perfectly good long-keeled sailboat.
I can imagine taking a man, and cutting off his prick and gronicles, and ending up with a disfunctional imitation of a woman. I can imagine taking a genius, and cutting off half his brain, and ending up with a retard. But why?
08-03-2005, 09:36 PM
i am absolutely positive that a Meadow Lark maybe just the ticket for this conversion. Taking 8 or so feet off the stern shows a beautiful line of a craft with all types of power possibilities with many ammenities if desired
08-03-2005, 09:41 PM
Been done ever since Adam was a cowboy. Numerous numberless times.Common practise one might even say if you went back to the 1910's, 1920's on and the arrival of the infernal combustion engine into common use..There was a nice counter stern yacht converted to a fishing launch posted here recently I recall.
I'll go find a photo of one....
[ 08-03-2005, 09:42 PM: Message edited by: John B ]
08-03-2005, 10:30 PM
here's one. an example of a racing yacht 1886, converted to an oil launch circa 1900 or so and finally restored to sailing condition around 2000. She worked as a fishing launch for more than 50 years.....
The Jessie Logan,
[ 08-03-2005, 10:31 PM: Message edited by: John B ]
08-04-2005, 07:22 AM
Popeye - many a sailing fishing boat ended her days as a motor boat. But generally these were long keeled boats with inside ballast.
(This sort of hull was, I suppose, the common ancestor of the displacement motor boat and the external ballast keel sailing boat.)
If you are looking at a boat with external ballast, then one point to keep in mind is that conventional shaped sailing boats are usually finer aft than motor boats. This is done to aid balance of the helm when heeled under sail, but it has the effect of making the hull "squat" under power, usually to a very marked extent.
The internal volume of the hull will not be anything like as good as the purpose built displacement motor boat.
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