The Perfect Powerboat Design
Alrighty then, everyone jumped in and helped CS with his perfect sailboat design. Now its time for the perfect powerboat design, well at least my perfect powerboat design. Here's the criteria, in no particular order:
- Comfortable in a chop
- Used primarily on the Florida Gulf coast with the occassional trip to the Bahamas or the Keys.
- Shallow draft <1 ft if possible
- Cruise at 22 knots
- Wood (DUH)
- Cold-molded or plywood on frame (not sure I'm a fan of stitch & glue)
- Good initial stability
- 23 to 27 ft
- 7 1/2 to 8 ft beam
- Inboard or outboard diesel or gas (no I/O)
I'm looking at a timeless topsides with a modern underbody. as shown in the sketch below:
I'd love to have the mega-low draft cababilities of Atkin's tunnel stern designs, but I'd have to adjust his plans which stands a good chance of screwing them up. I also don't know how well the design would do on the trips across the open water to the Bahamas.
I'd love to be able to do the design work myself if possible. I am a novice AutoCAD user and also have FreeShip, FWIW.
Well, what say yee? (besides I'm crazy)
"You only live once--but if you work it right, once is enough."