Shallow Draft Phooey!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Brett, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Pardon my rant in advance...

    I've been reading too many claims today of how shallow a skiff will run.
    I've decided to rectify the problem with a Redneck solution.
    All claims of how shallow a boat will run will now have to be videotaped,
    at full throttle, crossing a 12 inch square steel I beam, submerged to the depth of the claim.
    To make this interesting, the top of the I beam
    will have tire shredders welded atop it, ripping points towards the oncoming hull.
    After a few hulls are shredded and lower units fragmented,
    Then maybe we'll get some accurate numbers.
    Jan, I think this would make a great addition to the review section.
    All new hulls videoed crossing the Shallow Draft Claim Shredder.

    Thank you for your time.     [smiley=soapbox.gif]
  2. tom_in_orl

    tom_in_orl Founder of Microskiff, Member of the Gheenoe Army

    Not sure if you are referring to me because of this thread but I think I need to take you for a ride in my boat one of these days.  ;)

    We did a real life version of what you are talking about with an aluminum beam and a piece of garden trim as the softer part of the gauge. Here is the thread.


  3. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Guilty conscience eh?

    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

    Naw, I was roaming the new hull sites, reading the sales materials. I get irked by the specs.
    The only way they can get those numbers is a bare hull, no load, yet the number is claimed as gospel by any and all.
    That was the reason for the rant. I just want to level the I-beam and peel a few transoms off.
    Just the South Dade Redneck showing through.  ;)

    Gotta admit though, it would make a great addition to the Microskiff site,
    kinda like a chicken and pieces everywhere!
  4. tom_in_orl

    tom_in_orl Founder of Microskiff, Member of the Gheenoe Army

    Just out of curiosity, what would be your advertised draft of the Glass Slipper if you were to run over that thing?
  5. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    12 inches full throttle, 10 inches idling. Water inlet is the underside of the cavitation plate.
    The skeg would be just skimming the bottom, and the blade tips throwing silt.
    You can see by the bunk locations where the underside of the hull fits the gear housing of the lower unit.
    Runs shallower at idle than on plane.
  6. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member

    If we could get a 45 pound child to run a boat

    I have a 9 pound trolling motor and gel cell ...

    Would be interesting ...