Outboard designs up to 14'
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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?
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).
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