Still thinking about plumb vs extended bows, I came up with the following thought experiment: Take a Nordkapp Low Volume, and/or a Current Designs Solstice or Nomad GTS, all very different designs. Bring them into the shop and remove 6 or 8 inches from the bows, faring it up smoothly.
Would a paddler even be able to tell that the boat was shortened? In what conditions? My guess would be no. I had a Solstice GTS for over 10 years and do not recall its extended bow ever in the water, except perhaps exiting a surf break. But it has been a while and my memory might be hazy.
Note that removing those 6 inches has zero effect on rocker. The Nordkapp LV has high rocker, and the Current Designs boats have low rocker, all completely unaffected by modifying the extended bows.
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bow volume vs overhang|
Posted by: nickjc on Apr-03-13 3:49 PM (EST)
The overhanging bow when submerged in following seas, surfing or playing in standing waves seems to allow the boat to come up and get back under control quicker. However the bow on my Sterling reflection is fairly high volume compared to a Nordkapp or anas acuta.
you partly answered your own question.|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Apr-03-13 4:30 PM (EST)
At one time, naval vessels had plumb |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-03-13 5:24 PM (EST)
bows, because it added speed and saved fuel.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-07-13 11:21 AM (EST)
I had a Squall|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-05-13 3:43 PM (EST)
Not a good experiment|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Apr-05-13 5:28 PM (EST)
You are comparing extended bows to a design that does not exist and is not at all like a plumb bow.
Posted by: harry0244 on Apr-06-13 8:52 AM (EST)
I suspect the effect is small but the extended bow will catch more wind and possibly reduce weather cocking.
weather-cocking and bow|
Posted by: gstamer on Apr-06-13 9:20 AM (EST)
I think the more interesting question is|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-06-13 11:35 AM (EST)
About pinched vs. plumb bows (and sterns), not the amount of overhang (though the two may be related somewhat).
Posted by: svenkalmar on Apr-06-13 4:18 PM (EST)
the pintail compared to nordkapp has a lower deck and bow and more volum in the front. For me as a quite light paddler, it will leecock less that a nordkapp, in strong wind.