Hybird boat construction question

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  1. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Been reading the hybird thread and I have a question regarding construction. I see a lot of different angles on the sides but I am wondering...can the sides of the boat go straight up? For instance, if the bottom of the boat was 3' wide, and I wanted the top of the cockpit to be 18" high, could I simply go up on a square, like a box? I hope I'm asking that right and it's not too confusing. Thanks.
     
  2. djc

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    Other guys will jump in on this I'm sure, but it seems to me that the angled sides are the signature feature of the hybrid boats. You could build it with straight sides all the way around but I would almost bet that you will swamp it if you build the small 8 footer with only a 3 foot bottom. The back end will sit a lot lower than you think. It is amazing how much the added surface area from the angled sides help with floatation and stability. Just my opinion...
     
  3. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    That's what I'm wondering about...stability.
     
  4. Freeroamer

    Freeroamer Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Gene,

    Pick up the latest copy or last months copy of Field and Stream. They have a home made coffin blind that might answer some construction questions for the straight sides.

    Give me a call in the ECC and I can fax a copy of the plans to you today.
     
  5. KAWHUNTER

    KAWHUNTER Senior Refuge Member

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    Gene

    I have helped build 2 hybrids and they are very stable even for me @ 6'5" and 320+. I would stick with the angles I think the straight sided boat would be less stable and draft more water. If you decide to build one have fun and good luck.


    Later
    KH
     
  6. DocRay

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    What's your reasoning for wanting flat sides?
     
  7. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Would just be easier is all. Seems like it anyway.
     
  8. DocRay

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    Having done a little fiberglassing on the one I'm building (almost done) I can assure you it would be more difficult. 90 degree turns don't favor fiberglassing at all.

    And like others have said, you would loose tons of stability.
     
  9. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Fair enough. What angle would be good then?
     
  10. Orphanedcowboy

    Orphanedcowboy Banned

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    Gene, just build to the specs, and you will be surprised how easy she goes together.

    I wanted a little rocker, so I added 10 degrees off of plumb to mine, gave me 2-3 inches of rocker in the front, and if I remember correctly, I used 65 degrees at the transom.
     

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