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Monaco freeboard

Postby richarts » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:30 am

I am just starting construction of a Monaco Utility. After looking over the plans for awhile and comparing with available engines, I am wondering if one could add an inch or so of free board by extending the frames, breasthook and transom up by an inch. That would give me a bit more leg room (I am 6' 3") and a bit more headroom for the engine. Any problems seen with that modification?

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Re: Monaco freeboard

Postby Bill Edmundson » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:37 am

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I think the 1" can be done. But, I'd recommend the 10% stretch, also.

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Re: Monaco freeboard

Postby Roberta » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:12 am

The boats Glen designed were pretty much designed for the small block GM motors. A utility might have a motor cover "box" over the motor which will not have a problem fitting under a deck. On my Torpedo build, I put in some foot wells that straddled the motor stringers to give me more leg room.

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Re: Monaco freeboard

Postby richarts » Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:05 pm

Thanks so much to Roberta and Bill for great suggestions that I am following up on.

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Re: Monaco freeboard

Postby bob smith » Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:35 am

My opinion is that extra freeboard (and the 10% stretch) is a good idea. Since you are building a utility version, motor clearance isn't an issue but long legs under the dash are!!! More is probably better. I'd consider 2" and/or more deck crown.
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Re: Monaco freeboard

Postby DrBryanJ » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:49 am

Check out BUNMAN's build and see how he added about 2 inches of freeboard. Interesting idea without having to change the frames
http://s335.photobucket.com/user/BUNMAN-BOAT/media/boat326.jpg.html

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Re: Monaco freeboard

Postby richarts » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:29 pm

Thanks to Bob Smith and Bryan for advice on the Monaco freeboard. Building is going well; the frames are fixed in place, the chines logs are installed and one shear beam is in progress. I added 2 inches to the freeboard and expanded the frames spacing from 26 to 28 inches. Everything is fitting together fairly well so far.
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