Most helpful positive review
Almost what the Dr. ordered.
on November 10, 2002
I read rather sketchy article on Coyote II in Weston Farmer's book From My Old Boatshop. He had drawings & scantlings for a low-power, low resistance launch. He specified strip built, and that is what I'd like to do.
However, he had the frames on 6" centers and other construction details of a pre-epoxy, pre-glass era. I wanted to find out what I could do with modern materials.
When I entered the Farmer's construction specs into Mr. Gerr's formulas, I came up with much bigger scantlings from Gerr than Farmer. So much so that I could not get the engine entirely inside the boat. Farmer was a Naval Architect, so I have to assume he knew what he was doing.
I'm a real newby with boat construction, so I have no context in which to make a judgement.
Although Mr. Gerr likes the strip-construction method, I don't think he allowed entirely for it's efficiencies once he got past the bare hull. The floors, stringers and engine beds seem way out of proportion.
I am going to go through my Excel worksheet again and see if I made a mistake. If not, I may send Mr. Gerr Mr. Farmer's drawings and my calculations, and see if he will take a commission to reconcile the two. It's a great boat and a great book, so it would be nice if one could help with the other.