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Skeg Help Needed

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:28 am
by BlueRidgeBoater
I'm building the power skiff. The plans call for an 8' skeg that starts 18" forward of the transom. The boat is 13.5' long. A skeg that is 8' long and positioned where the plans state will go well onto the stem, which doesn't seem right. I am thinking of making the skeg only 5' or 6' long. If I do so, is that likely to make any difference with regard to performance?

Re: Skeg Help Needed

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:19 am
by jcallends
I would stick with the plans. I don't see a problem with the skeg below the stem. This set-up is usually bolted together.

Re: Skeg Help Needed

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:38 pm
by BlueRidgeBoater
8' would put the front of the skeg 1/2 inch off the stem, and I didn't want to try to bend a 1" piece of mahogany that much. I cut it down to just over 7', and suspect it will result in much the same performance (or, at least I hope it will).

Re: Skeg Help Needed

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:48 pm
by Mojo
The good thing about building your own boat is that you can experiment. The worse that can happen is that it will slide through the turns more. I reckon it will be fine.

Cheers
Mojo