View Full Version : Atkins shoreliner stability.

08-03-2008, 12:41 AM
I am looking for some advice on a flat bottomed boat, an Atkins shoreliner. does anybody own one or know someone who does? my main concern is her stability.

08-06-2008, 10:19 PM
What, specifically, are you concerned about? The Shoreliner has been built many times and was designed by knowledgable and experienced designers. But like any centerboarder, it can be capsized through inept handling. The raised deck cabin structure will help in such a situation, but it's best to avoid it entirely. Such ballasted flat bottomed boats will want to be sailed on the bottom, heeled just til the windward chine begins to emerge, and no more. It's not like sailing a keel boat where you can just keep heeling until you're sailing completely on the side with the decks awash.

Mike O'brien has written about the shoreliner in his _Boat Design Quarterly_ , and Mike also is very familiar with sailing similar flat bottomed boats, being the fellow who commissioned the design of Bolger's Black Skimmer and built and sailed the first one. He would be a good person to seek an opinion from.


08-08-2008, 07:43 AM
thanks Bob sounds like good advice. jason