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Question for Jeff H, re: plumb bows
Hi, Hopefully Jeff''s re-appearence means he will cast his eye over this.
Basically I have had a "notion" of sorts and I am wondering if it is at all practical.
We have a 73 vintage Endeavour26 (australian boat, no relation to the US version). It has a pleasently though not extremely raked bow. We plan to use it for some serious cruising and my wife has a concern regarding submerged objects in the dead of night.
The thought that came to mind was to build a collision bumber box that effectively would give the boat a plumb bow for added waterline length, as well as providing a second skin at the bow and a cavity filled with shock absorbing foam.
So the question is, in what ways would the boat handling and seakeeping characteristics possibly change. At the moment the boat is very comfortable in all seas and sort of goes like a mountain goat over even nasty chop, no pitching and behaving like a whitewater kayak. I understand that plumb bows nock a lot more and get pounded by a side sea, but I may well be mistaken. I would really like to open the floor dor discussion about the whole plumb bows thing as it would be a fairly major mod, but one that is within my capabilities, not too expensive, and seems genuinly worthwhile from where my understanding is now. I think I can keep the total weight down to less then 25kilograms, too, maybe less.