Small Boat Design

Discussions around designing small boats including kayaks and canoes.

Extended Bows Question answered...

A little while back I had a question regarding the point of having these dramaticaly upswept bows and wether or not they really contributed to bouyancy on the whole of the kayak or merely projected a bow point above so much frothy water gioving the impression of a higher riding kayak. Well reading a review on Derek Huthchinsons kayak [I think it was the Andromeda] he states that the "clipper-type" bow on his kayak actually served to EXTEND the waterline when the kayak needed it most in high chop and so on.

Thats a neat concept actually. First you dont have it, then you do, then you dont then you do and so on as the waves wash over the hull. It actually makes total sense. I think after that fact, or concept is understood, one can ask wether the added windage, possibly needing the exxtra drag of a skeg or rudder leaves it still in the advantage.

Im not pro or con here, just observing. Neat food for thought tho.

Pete

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