and it appears I'm planning my next build before I've finished this one
Aaaaah, Welcome to my world - my son.
hmmm... let's get a report on the 16.5' and then we'll look at it.
Mate, we both just know
this boat is a allready a winner
. With the beautiful lines she has, I just can't see how she can be anything else.
The three piece panels are definately a lot more work (10 extra sections in my boat) and this doesnt bother me. I just love making sawdust.
and stitching, and filleting and fibre-glassing
But, I can see how some may be put off by a relatively complex build such as this, simply because of the volume of work in creating the panels - all for a boat that is only 9 or 10 inches longer than a comparable boat of much less work.
I am not really a canoe man (yet) and this is my first attempt at a S&G genuine Canadian style canoe, but I have to tell you that the lines of this boat in the flesh are even more impressive than they are in the concept drawings. (to me anyway) Matt has achieved something of rare beauty in a S&G boat with this one. The lines are so good, they come very close to those of a strip build and that is a huge call.
Here is how I expect this hull to perform.
The fine entry in the bow will part chops effortlessly, yet the generous flare further back will provide plenty of lift to easy the bow over the tops of them. The generous rocker will provide good manouverability while the shallow V bottom and semi rounded hull will maintain good tracking.
At the stern, the same fine entry combined with the rocker and beautifully proportioned hull shape will provide for smooth release of the water and will cause very little, if any water to be dragged along behind. This should all make for a canoe that is effortless to paddle at hull speed and the relatively low sides will make for minimal wind signature in a boat of this type.
I don't know the technical stuff like drag co-efficients and such, but this boat just looks "right" to me. Time will tell, but I am confident in my estimations.