Something really, really different.

by Sam Wehunt
(Marietta, Ga)

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I would like the opinion of those knowledgeable in boat design and operation in my very different boat idea.


I would like a week-ender live aboard but don't want to leave our sport boat at home or have to make two trips to the lake.

The included jpg image will explain the general idea. The "mother-ship" will include a birth for the sport boat in transit. Once on the lake the sport boat will be dispatched and turned around and secured in the birth to provide the propulsion for the combined unit.

I will be satisfied with slow speed operation of the combined units.

My big question is: How should the boat handle with the 30 HP outboard located approximately mid-ship with a rudder installed at the stern of the mother-ship. Also thoughts on loading/transport ect. are welcomed.

A small cabin would be located behind the sport unit above 2 pontoon units.

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Boat design
by: Bob

First, a few of questions: How long is your sport boat? How much does it weigh? Of what is it made? What is the hull design (flat bottom, deep V, shallow V, etc.)?

Tug boats in the Panama Canal have a center mounted pod engine that rotates 360 degrees, but no rudder. Your design would allow you to maneuver very well, but maintaining a heading may be difficult.


I know a man who had the same problem you have with not wanting to make two trips, but his solution was pure genius. Once I know more about your sport boat, I will reveal his solution.

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