Shown above: Twang
the little brother of Alansboat
POWER SKIFF, 15'
5" X 5', 300 POUNDS EMPTY
Alansboat was designed for a fellow who wanted
to go fishing in the shallows. He had seen boats for fishing
the wide flats and wanted something similar. He suggested an
enlarged version of the 12' Twang and that is where we started.
Alansboat is 15.5' long which is about all you can get out
of a panel two sheets of plywood long. The width on the bottom
is 48", the width of a sheet of plywood. So you see how
boats get designed around the plywood. It is essentially a flat
bottomed skiff except for the Twang bow. Here is a photo that
Luke Spreadborough took of his prototype Twang going together.
You can see the idea - a V bottom up front that
blends into a dead flat bottom for the rest of the boat. Supposed
to allow a flat bottomed boat to take a wave better than something
with a flat bow. Not sure how well it works. Maybe at slow speeds
but don't forget that once on plane that bow is well out of
the water and she is riding only on the aft half of the hull,
or less, so that V bow is somewhat out of the picture. Here
is Luke's boat finished and right side up:
I drew Alansboat to be a little stouter than Twang
with a 1/2" bottom and 3/8" elsewhere. Taped seam
construction needing two sheets of 1/2" ply and five sheets
of 3/8" ply.
Plans for Alansboat are $22.50. (20 hp max.)