View Full Version : Shallow Draft Troller Question
01-05-2005, 12:02 AM
A buddy is looking at a very nice troller up here in Alaska. But rather than having a deep keel, it's a 'shallow draft' as seen in this picture...
We were wondering just how well a boat like this handles the seas, as compared to a 'normal' type hull? Or, if there are other differences we haven't considered.
It's centre of gravity will be higher than a deep-keel type, meaning that it will roll easier. It may also roll a bit quicker (shorter time to complete a roll from one side to the other and back again). Both of these traits mean that the boat will come home earlier when the weather starts to pipe up. On the up side, the lesser bulk underwater and the flat run of the buttocks will mean a nominally faster boat than the deep relatives, and a significant increase in fuel economy.
The only thing that I can see in the photo that concerns me (just a little bit) is that there seems to be precious little freeboard back aft. I suspect that she has rather wet decks when rolling in a beam sea or when being overtaken by an aft-quartering sea.
Is your buddy planning to fish commercially or use it as a pleasure boat?
01-05-2005, 12:54 AM
He plans on commercial trolling for salmon. That's what the boat has done in the past. Here's a picture of the boat in the water...
Thanks so much for the reply. I let him know your thoughts, and that your in the business of ship design.
I also will advise him to log in here too.
01-05-2005, 05:21 AM
She's a lot bigger than the first picture would suggest.
It looks like she is keel cooled, is that usual for these boats?
01-05-2005, 12:00 PM
Yep, keel cooling seems to be the norm around here. I know my boat is also keel cooled.
The people in the picture above are standing in a 'pit' so they're closer to the water. Each salmon is brought in by hand, so it's nice to be low. That may account for some the size illusion. But it's listed as 44ft.
01-05-2005, 01:20 PM
Brian, I don't see any 'gurdies' aft? I see the poles and some lines in the water. Are they hand lining?
From the w/l up looks pretty typical of the PacNoWest Troller type. How much ice to they carry. Are all the living quarters in the house?
Keel coolers either local made or from a big maker like Ferstrom are normal for the PacNoWest. The water is plenty cool enough all year 'round to do the job nicely.
01-05-2005, 05:19 PM
Here's the gurdies, mounted inboard...
To make life simpler, here's the link (http://www.dockstreetbrokers.com/listing_detail.php?id=335&PHPSESSID=e27489c6dc9738467cc92aedaf4054f8) to the brokers webpage. smile.gif
Thanks for clarifying the keel cooler issue. I'm still new to boats like this, and just assumed keel cooling was the norm everywhere.
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