Flying Saucer Stability

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Flying Saucer Stability

Postby Bermuda » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:38 am

I know the FS to be a bit unstable in rough water.
Has anyone tried putting a larger keel of Fin on one?

Are there any other ways to improve stability or should I just stick with the design and go with the flow?
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Re: Flying Saucer Stability

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:42 am

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Most build per plans first. After you've run the boat a few times you can add a fin if you need it.

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Re: Flying Saucer Stability

Postby John K » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:42 am

A 12 foot boat is always going to be unstable in rough water due to the short length and light weight. I did add smart tabs onto the transom which will help it plane better and be somewhat more stable. Do an internet search on Smart tabs and watch the video of the difference on the boat.

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Re: Flying Saucer Stability

Postby Bermuda » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:47 am

Thanks ill look that up!

Think I will go with the plans as it's my first build but at least i know I have options.
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Re: Flying Saucer Stability

Postby boat-bill-der » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:43 pm

I'm a little late to reply, but I put a http://www.davisnet.com/marine/products/list_marine.asp?grp=m18-2 on mine, and a 4' keel strip that starts at about 1" deep and tapers to about 2" at the stern and it handles great...

No porpoising, and it has a nice slide into turns until you hit the right degree of sideways and digs in... Kind like carving on a snowboard, I love it.


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