Originally Posted by Adam Younger
Yes the blue boats does have the tapered steps - but not easy to see the detail.
Basically if looking in section, across the boat, most step designs are constant depth. However my tapered steps reduce in depth as you get nearer to the chine.
In effect if you are going quick the outer surfaces are having minimal input and you are riding on the inner (nearer to centreline) parts of the hull. So you are still getting the benefit of a deeper step.
However when going slower or turning or rough water and using more of the hull - the water flow on the outer surfaces is far less effected by the step as it has less depth. This gives better handling and is more predictable for most people.
Hope this helps
OK, thanks Adam, now get a good picture! How about the ventilation of the steps, on the Mannerfelt Design boats the went holes are pretty big, is that an issue when You have the tapered steps? By the way, Your new 3B design is looking really nice so far, it will be interesting to see what speeds will be reached with it.
Joakimhansson: congratulations of Your purchase, looking great! What engine will you rig here with? And thanks for the invitation.
By the Way, do You have your crew fixed for the UK- Stockholm leg? Here one volunteer...wheeling, navigation or just ballast
. The weather might sometimes be slightly brisk in May but with right gear no problem. How many days have You planned for the trip? Just had a minor job done on my knee, but should be ok by then.