I'm trying to understand the bifurcated ( forked ) bow from your sketch, but can not. Can you explain, or send a sketch showing both parts of the forked bow. If not, please lead me to some reference material. Thank you.
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Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-08 4:52 PM (EST)
First, my apologies, I didn't even look at these response links until today!! Bifercated means forked, right. The particular fork I am referring to allows the builder to put a concave nose on his boat. Imagine a piece of skin being stretched over two points: deck and keel. It would be a straight line, right? A cross section would be triangle basically...across the deck and then straight down to a point at the keel. To make that more knifelike, to put a concaved flare into the deck so the keel cuts through the water while the buoyancy of the wider deck prevents it from slicing all the way through, thus causing the bow to dove, that sraight run of material has to curve inward. HOw? With a forked bow. The upper fork enables the skin to be wide, the lower fork, when wrapped with the keelson, is narrow, approaching that curve as needed. I think there is a drawing on the page.