Spanker--A Racing Runabout

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Gerald Taylor White/A boat having extreme speed, yet able to stand a moderate amount of rough water and to carry up to four passengers.

by Gerald Taylor White

Although it’s true that maximum speed with any given horsepower will always come from the hydroplane type of boat, it’s likewise true that interest in V-bottom racing ruriabouts is increasing rather than falling off. There are logical reasons for this. As anyone who has ever ridden in a hydroplane knows, it is uncomfortable and its passenger-carrying ability is strictly limited. The designer of a hydroplane must arrange the weights so the total load is properly apportioned between the planing surfaces. The addition of extra passengers throws the boat out of balance, destroys her speed, and, in many cases, makes her difficult to handle. An additional disadvantage is the fact that the hydroplane can be properly steered only when running at relatively high speeds. If you have to slow down for rough water—or to catch your breath—you find that the boat is sluggish, refuses to handle, and fails to lift over any sea that may be running.  The racing runabout overcomes many of these disadvantages at a cost in speed that many feel is amply justified. While no racing boat can be an ideal rough-weather eraft, racing runabouts can be relatively comfortable and can be used for purposes other than racing. Spanker is an excellent example of what the racing rules have produced in the way of a boat having extreme speed, yet one that is able to stand a moderate amount of rough water and to carry up to four passengers.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

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