Further correspondence with Dave Gentry of Gentry Custom Boats Gentry Custom Boats...
(Dave) “The Shenandoah Whitehall is actually my best all-around rowboat, by far. Good stability, good capacity, good freeboard and she's a lot better in waves than Ruth (one of them has actually been used to play in the surf along a beach)”
|Dave Gentry's Shenandoah Whitehall|
|...and the framework for the Shenandoah Whitehall|
(Tom) “I understand your concern about Ruth (too low for open waters). To convert it to a ‘row cruiser’, I would see doing what you’ve done with the Chuckanut 15… This would, I believe, make a very fast, yet safe boat for open waters, with much less windage. Given this change (adding deck as in Chuckanut), would you see any problem of Ruth being a row cruiser?”
|The Chuckanut 15|
|...and the framework for the Chuckanut 15|
(Dave) “Ruth with fore and aft decks - I'd make them of fabric, as you say - would help. Side decks, like the C15, would add some safety and reserve buoyancy, at the expense of cockpit space. Might work fine, though I still think the sides are too low amidships."
(Dave) "The C15 itself would make a nice rowboat.”For flotation, I’d use a set of empty screw-top plastic bottles in a net bag at each end.
The advantages of these SOF oar cruisers are their
- Light weight (easy to car-top)…
- Less expensive to build than the same boat in, for example, Ocume…
- Easy to change the length of the boat when building (but check with Dave first!)…
- Beautiful lines.
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