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    Default Modifications to the Brockway?

    I'm looking for problems with my potential design modification to a Brockway. I'm planning on making the 16' version. The plans call for the sides to start out at 2'3" at the bow and taper to 1'8.5" towards the stern. I would like to make my sides 2' for the entire length. Anyone see any issues or potential problems with doing that?

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    My we ask why?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    Nick,
    I want the sides higher for the kids. Doesn't mean that I don't have to watch them but it gives me a little more security.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    OK, why lower the bow, which would be a retrograde step?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    Not sure I'm following you.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    Quote Originally Posted by glen65 View Post
    Not sure I'm following you.
    Quote Originally Posted by glen65 View Post
    I'm looking for problems with my potential design modification to a Brockway. I'm planning on making the 16' version. The plans call for the sides to start out at 2'3" at the bow and taper to 1'8.5" towards the stern. I would like to make my sides 2' for the entire length. Anyone see any issues or potential problems with doing that?
    You speak of reducing the bow from 2'3" to 2', which is reducing freeboard forward.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    OK, why lower the bow, which would be a retrograde step?
    Probably so he can get both sides from 2 sheets of ply instead of 3 or 4.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    I am saying to reduce the bow to 2 feet but I want to continues the sides to keep them at 2 feet from the bow to the stern. That is my question. Will having an continuous 2 foot side make a difference?

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    It won't make much difference to the performance IMHO. The sheer won't look as pretty, though. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    Quote Originally Posted by glen65 View Post
    I am saying to reduce the bow to 2 feet but I want to continues the sides to keep them at 2 feet from the bow to the stern. That is my question. Will having an continuous 2 foot side make a difference?
    You will have 3" worth of more spray over the front. Is a few inches more freeboard really going to stop your kids falling out?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Modifications to the Brockway?

    Don't do it. It is functionally the wrong shape for the topsides, and will be ugly to boot. A coaming and washboard would be a great addition, and better at keeping the kids in the boat than the 3 1/2" higher aft topsides (raked).

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