Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks
I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for over five years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.
Monday, April 30, 2013
Today, this email arrived:
We're just about finished with our Carolinian. Gonna launch in May. Very nice project. I have a couple of questions about powering. We have a 25-horse Johnson 2-stroke which I'm gonna try first. Do you reckon that's enough power? We built her a little light (3/8" sides, not a lot of decking etc) but we are using 3/4 pressure treated for the floorboard.
Anyway, if we need more than that, is there a weight limit for the transom? Have been looking a 4-strokes but they are awfully heavy.
As I said, it's been a lot of fun and quite challenging. So thanks.
Yes, Angus, a 25 horse should be plenty. See the post below on the Oysterman with 25 horse that planes at 1/2 throttle. The Carolinian isn't much heavier or bigger. You should be able to run about a 35 horse 4-stroke or 50 horse 2-stroke if you really think you need more power.
More information on the Carolinian Carolina Dory: 18' Carolinian Carolina Dory Boat Plans.
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Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.