A 15' 3" Flat-Bottomed Outboard Punt
By William Atkin
|A Utility Boat for Use with an Outboard Motor|
|Modest in dimensions, modest in pretension, modest in cost -- that describes Sedge. She is a very little boat for use in many, many places, such as along river levees or through the sedge that stands waist-deep in salt water. She can be used, in fact, in any protected waters. That punt-shaped bow can be nosed onto a shelving beach or a river bank.|
Despite her squareness, Sedge will not be bad in reasonably rough water. But few small boats can be expected to wallow through a high sea. It has always been my advice, for that matter, to keep an eye on the weather in the handling of boats of any kind.
Sedge will drive easily up to 10 m.p.h.; 8 m.p.h. is her best speed, and this requires only modest power. The choice of a suitable outboard motor is so much a matter of personal preference that I shall not specify one.
Sedge is 15 feet 3 inches overall, 12 feet on the waterline, 4 feet 7 inches beam, and 5 inches draft (without motor). The freeboard is 1 foot 5 inches at the bow and 1 foot 2 7/8 inches at the stern. For a little boat, Sedge has ample freeboard; this, in combination with the flare on the topsides, will make a very dry boat. Flare is a most advantageous feature. It promotes stability as much as it creates dryness.
Sedge will easily carry four, but two is preferable -- except in very still water. She is not too big or too heavy to move about on a simple trailer. The total weight without motor and equipment will be a little over 200 pounds, and two men can manage that.
Sedge can be built successfully and practically of waterproof marine plywood -- 1/2 inch on her underbody and 3/8 inch on her topsides.
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