Friday, 6 April 2012
Ratty hits the water
The boat, now named Ratty, is Lillian Woods's Linnet design. She is very similar to the Bee that I am building, so I was particularly interested in giving Ratty a workout.
The main difference between Linnet and Bee is that Linnet has two chines and a flat bottom, whereas Bee has one chine and a V bottom.
I rowed Ratty down to the Ferryboat and Martin rowed her back.
She certainly slips through the water easily and I found I could easily keep up with the Millie and Lottie. I like the flotation tanks, but the tanks down the side are too close together to allow sleeping on the floor, so I suspect I will leave them out of my Bee. The torsional strength will be beefed up with a few frames that will also support floorboards.
Here is a little video of Martin putting Ratty through her paces: