The Bow Line

The first boat had a more pointed bow and stem line. but on this one, I wanted to show respect for traditional speed boats in the concave surface under the front area, a touch of the barrel back shape at the stern, and that more vertical bow line. Besides, a vertical bow line can look beautiful on either a traditional or contemporary boat.

It was a casual thing to sketch side and top views, and the difficulty to design it on CAD was mainly figuring out how to use it. The program even had a color warning if too much angle change was occurring over a short distance. This is not exactly the boat I am building, but I obviously did not notice the bend and twist needed on the lower front area.

Had I done more research, I would have found myself in good company. Below is an expensive European Frauscher runabout that shows a vertical bow line relatively well designed, although by running the chine so high, the sides look a little like fat cheek jowls.

Below is another Frauscher with a vertical bow line. It might look good from the front, but at this angle it just reminds me of a turkey wattle. Cut that weak, skinny piece off of the lower front, and there is a pretty boat left.

So here I am, trying to create that strong, vertical line, that looks good from all angles. Somebody should have told me it might be impossible. On the other hand, I have collected several examples images of vertical bow boats that must have encountered the same design challenge.

  1. This is another inspiring Frauscher, but when it gets up on plane, the front end might talk turkey.

2. The Herman Form 29 solves the visual side, but there is still the angle/bend problem at the blue line.

Below is a contemporary beauty, the Gilbert Creative Muskoka. I would like to see what is under the water.

Of course, friend Jeff also drew a compelling piece of poetry in motion, and it looks like the dropped chine line may contribute to an easier go at the front. I will have to ask him how this 36′ Cruiser was to be built.

So, enough of the class room education. The easy part of the fairing preparation for most of the hull is now done, and it’s time to get moving on the front. Sooner or later, you gotta get off the couch and put the ideas in action.

I am quite curious how this is going to turn out!


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