Is the Malahini made for the sea?

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Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by theGreek » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:32 am

Hi all,


Has anyone tested the malahini at sea? I live in Greece Athens and I just bought the lumber required but I was just wandering (bit too late maybe) if the plywood thickness is adequate for the Mediterranean sea or Aegean sea. We don't have long waves here but many small ones and it can sometimes get a bit rough.


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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by fergal butler » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:00 pm

I used mine on the sea but only on calm days it's quite a flat bottom boat so it can get a bit uncomfortable over any waves as it bounces over them instead of cutting through them like the deeper V boats.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by jeffh » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:26 pm

Here is a video of my Malahini on launch day in September, 2011 with another Glen-L boat builder on Lake Lanier, Georgia, USA. This is a large man-made lake and it can get a bit rough. If you watch in HD, you'll see the whitecaps on the water. We never got much over 20MPH (32KPH) and were only able to stay out about 30-min.
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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by theGreek » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:46 pm

Thank you very much for all the info. So as I understand, the malahini can withstand pressure but it can be uncomfortable on wavy days. Is there a way to make it more comfortable? A bigger skeg maybe?

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by jprice » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:23 am

You may want to look at a design with a deeper V.
Even though you already bought the lumber, it's not too late to change your mind. You'd likely be able to use all that lumber for another model of similar size. Your only loss should be the cost of the plans.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:10 am

I agree with Jeff. If you are looking for a bright finished boat, most designs can be veneered to get that look.

16' Geronimo - high-freeboard runabout might be a better choice. It has a Vee bottom and high freeboard. I personally also recommend the 10% stretch.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by ttownshaw » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:30 am

ditto to what everyone else stated.
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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by captkirk » Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:52 am

I have a Geronimo and have run it in extremely rough conditions. If you're familiar with the design it has a lot of freeboard. I have run it in 3 foot swells, not on plane, to the point waves were coming over the bow without issue. If you look in the builder photos section you will see I took some liberties with the topside design and made it look more Malahini-like because I prefer that classic runabout look. The look of the stock plans are too utilitarian for my tastes. The hull is very dry during normal running and is great if you have kids.

If I had my time back, I would have extended it the full 10% too. As my boat sits now it measures 16 1/2 feet. I think 18 feet would have been perfect.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:15 am

The stretch would also make it look a little sleeker.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by captkirk » Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:48 am

Yes,

The old girl does look a little portly. Not much can be done about that unfortunately.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by mrintense » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:35 am

Bill Edmundson wrote:The stretch would also make it look a little sleeker. Bill
captkirk wrote:Yes, The old girl does look a little portly. Not much can be done about that unfortunately.
Sorry Gents but I must disagree. She looks classy. She will stand out amongst all those sleek plastic boats even though she doesn't immediately look like a woody. Of course, seeing how her hull is the baby sister of the hull on my Vera Cruise, I might be a bit prejudiced. :)
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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:02 pm

I don't have any problems with the look as is. I still would do the stretch.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by Bruzual » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:47 pm

If I had my time back, I would have extended it the full 10% too. As my boat sits now it measures 16 1/2 feet. I think 18 feet would have been perfect.

Hi everyone can the geronimo really be extended to 18'.
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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:58 am

I think it could go to 18'. I would not go any more.

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Re: Is the Malahini made for the sea?

Post by captkirk » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:45 am

Sorry,

17 1/2' is the length with the 10% factored in. I can't see the extra 6 inches being a problem to accommodate but Glen-L doesn't recommend more than 10% on this hull.

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