|Boat suitable for small engine instal...
Post Number: 70
|Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 12:47 pm:
When I take my boat, Gertrude, to an antique boat show, there is always great interest in her old two cycle engine. Often conversations involve persons who are themselves engaged in an engine restoration. Much interest is displayed in acquiring a boat, installing the engine and enjoying a boating experience, reminiscent of the way it was.
Usually, persons who undertake engine restorations have both woodworking and mechanical skills to undertake a boat building, engine installation project but are overwhelmed at the cost and complexity of duplicating Gertrude or building a classic craft like Ernie’s Fantail Launch or building a Dispro, starting with a pile of lumber.
Possibly there is a need for a set of plans for a basic boat adaptable to small engine installation that could be built using Lumber Yard material, for use in protected waters.
My thought is a boat similar to Kingfisher illustrated and described in Appendix C of Stan Grayson’s book “Old Marine Engines “ but expandable to16, 18, 20 or even 22 feet to match engine power from about 1 to possibly 8 HP.
Kingfisher, a 14-foot Fishing Skiff was presented in the March 1921 issue of Motor Boating with the comment --- “ This skiff was designed for a small one-lunger of the type that many collectors today own.”
It would be interesting to obtain input from others for a suitable boat, either lines or images.
Post Number: 16
|Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 05:42 am:
I've been thinking along similar lines. I'm still finishing off my 14' Payne Yellowtail for one of my 3 1/2hp Blaxland singles - but I have an 8hp Penguin that I wouldn't mind finding something suitable for. I think its a bit small for a Rescue Minor - and have thought about marinising a Harley Shovelhead for that hull.