Loc: Heart of Dixie
Re: Cotton Row * a pulling boat
04/24/12 09:10 PM
Looks like I forgot to post the last update last week! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Frame came off the strong back and I took out in the yard for the obligatory F.R.O.G. photo. (frame on the grass) I still love that raked
I took it back into the shop and placed it on the trailer just to get it out of way so I can clean up around the stands.
I noticed there was more flex in this frame but there is also more wood, so it is heavier and skinning always stiffens them somewhat so it wasn’t a big deal. Then I was on the other side of the shop, turned around and I could see the frame was hogged. No doubt about it, the bow was lower than the center of the boat. I could not believe it! I took and string and tied it to the boat stretched it along the keel, found that the bow was 1″ lower than the center of the boat.
After a lot of double checking and measuring I still didn’t have an answer, just a couple of ideas. After removing a few lashing, forcing the boat back in shape and studying why it wanted to deform when the pressure was released I have found a couple of reason I suspect are behind this. Of course there is only one way to find out, but that is for the next post.
-------------------- I have found how much a boat is used is inversely related to how much it weighs.