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narrowing a boat?

Post by hazardharry » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:51 am

i got a couple boats that i have pulled the gunwales in an inch or two. is this radical?
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Re: narrowing a boat?

Post by ezwater » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:15 am

Naw, you're still just a bourgeoisie boater. 8)

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Re: narrowing a boat?

Post by hazardharry » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:37 am

bugershoe? :o
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Re: narrowing a boat?

Post by Bob P » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:43 am

I pulled in my Spark's gunwales by about 2". Probably lost a little stability, but not a lot. I like narrow boats so that my paddle stroke is more vertical.

Pulling in the gunwales will narrow the waterline and possibly straighten out the keel line a bit, so it depends on the boat whether the change is beneficial (to you) or not.
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Re: narrowing a boat?

Post by canoewhitewater » Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:17 am

Used to pull my downriver racing boat thwarts in. It makes you a little faster. 2" is no problem.... You won't notice much difference as far as stability in your boat. You will be a little quicker........ Tiny bit less stable.

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Re: narrowing a boat?

Post by Pierre LaPaddelle » Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:04 pm

Bob P wrote: . . . Pulling in the gunwales will narrow the waterline and possibly straighten out the keel line a bit, so it depends on the boat whether the change is beneficial (to you) or not.
What Bob P said. In boating, to get something, you often have to give up something else.

I've tended usually to widen gunn'ls, rather than to narrow them, on the theory that it will increase the rocker, and thereby enhance the playability. (But then, I'm not a racer, and in the west, the play-waves tend to be shorter and steeper. . .)

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