Newbies start here 22.08.2011

The criteria to choose the perfect boat

The small boat inland sea, which can be transported on a trailer is the most affordable type of course has many friends. In summer, thousands of such troughs, transported on trailers in the countryside and the various beaches, to provide owners and their friends a pleasant marine stroll, a swim away from the crowds, and even a fishing. How well known is the small but high-speed tray to the public?

All small fiberglass speedboats is a dream for most fans of the sea, a dream is quite affordable in most budgets. A folding boat and immediately begins the marine life, which usually leads to a larger and even more over the years and the acquisition of the required experience. These experiences come with years in the sea, but what about when we are still novices? On what criteria choose a boat that transported by trailer; The style, quality, speed, comfort and the price is quite a good choice? We would say not. But let's take things from the beginning.

The sea is female and has many variations in the behavior of (let us forgive our readers the shunt, which is also not ours). Sometimes it is serene, romantic and intimate and sometimes can erupt showing the bad side, when it does not count and do not respect them. Choosing a small speedboat, we should bear in mind that it may at some point have to deal with safety and comfort of their whims. Usually we go out there with a tray of this type in the open sea but the sea can be closed our troubled enough. The advantages and disadvantages, therefore, a small speedboat not limited to the above criteria, but in others, purely on the design board, which will try to analyze here.

Let's start with the shape of the hull and hull in general. The vessel may be too broad or too narrow. It is a relationship, which always refer to each test or acquaintance with vessels of all sizes and which we call "length / width ratio." Especially at high speed is important, especially when you have to travel slowly because of the weather. This relationship gives us a coefficient reflecting the length than width. For example, a vessel with a length of 7 meters and 1.75 meters width factor is 4 (7 by 1.75 = 4). Boats at a rate lower than 3, ie baggy vessels, it is difficult to travel comfortably in a sudden storm, especially when you have to go up to the weather. Sometimes, the undersigned heard oral seller on a Boat Show the phrase "our boats luff not ..." and of course the sentence was joke.

Vessels of more than a factor of 4, ie narrow boats timonefontai much easier, but much more botzaroun. Botzarisma Although not necessarily dangerous, sometimes frightening and uncomfortable in the stomach ... the most inexperienced sea.

The shape of the bow also plays an important role in the grip of the sea, when the gusts. In Figure 1 we see two characteristic prows with the A concave portion is located below the waterline and B convex. In case A the boat is not easy and timonefetai can do broach the wave (uncontrolled rotation, with the side on the beach due to disobedience particularly at the wheel). In case B, the foremost part of the hull has a curved shape that does not affect the steering. Also, in case B we see the bow freeboard to "come out" more visible, which offers additional positive buoyancy when the boat dives to the sea. This type of bow (case B) is the most appropriate because it brings too much water from the sea on board but ostracizes.

The freeboard (the portion of the hull above the waterline), and these have a positive or negative supply to the vessel seaworthy. The ideal for a vessel having freeboard, not too high (as we thought someone) nor too low (which is perfectly natural for a "dry" deck). The balance is what you should be careful. High freeboard, especially bow, giving greater wind resistance, making the vessel is not easily timonefetai. For the same reason it is advisable to avoid very high superstructure protruding far from deck level. The curvature of the deck also the bow that we see often in performance and racing boats are not the ideal shape for small pleasure cruiser. This shape makes the boat "nailed" in the coming wave, without having to drive an experienced governor race ... which is certainly not a rookie.

In the area of ??government should be very careful, because very little data we can draw comfort and safety. This sensitive area should be well protected and have very good visibility in all directions, and as a necessary supplement should have the windshield wipers excellent. Of course, depending on the size of the vessel, and a good "tied» hardtop would be ideal supplement.

The windshield also should be mostly functional, but "streamlined" with sharp curves, on which they are not working properly wipers. The A to Z of security in the cockpit are strategically placed handles, of which securely holds and constant (and not the windshield).

Access from the cockpit to the bow of great importance for the safety of the occupants. Access from the opening portion of the windshield is certainly not the best, but it is sometimes inevitable.

Right and left of the cockpit is, depending on the model, one runway. In this case, careful to have enough width for sure push handle looseness and a lot of good non-slip capability.

The necessary complement of the bow is the balcony. Good quality and attachment are the two key elements, combined with the height. Balcony below the knee does not inspire confidence in the person who will work on the bow, when the sea is in a good mood. A huge cockpit is no advantage in the storm, especially when we have time astern of the wave and riding inside. A moderately deep cockpit (neither too shallow nor too deep), is the best choice. Although modern cockpit is self-draining, water leaving the stern or the bands, the Bunia and openings are usually not enough to leave to catch the water when the level of the cockpit above the waterline.

The self-draining cockpit well is certainly not enough if the water passage to find the inside of the vessel. We watch, then the boat has a very good waterproof protection to the cabin. The battery should be located quite high above the level of the cockpit, is irrelevant if placed in a special pouch. The interior of the vessel must also meet certain security requirements. The many "corners" is a disadvantage, while the handles are a big plus in our choice.

A small tray, regardless of size, are not always what we see. As seen above, some very small elements in the design can make a difference even in the safety of navigation. As we have found, are often not observed, are the points on the board kalothalasso of our choice. And of course the space is not expanded on the lines of the hull, because these are the positive and negative points. Unfortunately the sea must make many compromises, depending on the experience, needs and demands. The perfect boat is an entirely subjective concept and it should be understood by all of us. None, however, compromise should not be done in that it relates to safety regardless of whether we do not intend to ever get out to the open sea. The sea should not be afraid but we respect it ...

Jason Thalassinou

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