I'm thinking through a design for a small v-bottom utility skiff. I'd like to build it in plywood, and I'm thinking that if I build the bottom glued lap, I can give the boat a sharper forefoot than I can if I stick to bottom shapes that can be developed with large panels.
So my question is what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having laps below the chine? I know there are some planing boats out there with lapstrake bottoms. How come we don't see more of this? I'd think that the laps would act like little lifting strakes.
Also, what is the thinking behind a reverse lap bottom, like on a Makenzie Cuttyhunk? I'm fascinated by those boats, but I've never understood the purpose of the reverse lap.
Thanks for any insight.