Small Boat Design

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Flat vs "V" bottom design

I'm planning to build another S&G and am considering the bottom design. What would be the effect of eliminating the shallow V bottom in favor of a flat bottom? It would make for one less panel, one less joint, perhaps make beaching easier, and the boat would sit level on a car top rack. What price would I pay in handling and sea worthyness?

As I recall, a Romany I paddled once was essentially flat bottomed amidships, as is the Perception WW boat I have.

Thanks in advance.

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