"In relation to boat wake, there is minimal amount due to the "high"
buoyancy and balance of the boat. With 30 kgs of boat and 85 kg of me
there is 115 kg of mass so a displacement of more or less 115 litres or
0.12 cubic metres. With about an in line water line of 2 metres this
means an average boat draft of 60 to 70 mm or about 50 mm at the sides
and this can be confirmed in the photos I have posted. With the front
clear of the water and the rear just at the surface while in the rowing
position the boat is perfectly balanced (follow the dimensions in the
plans fellow boat builders!!!) and draws only 50 mm of water at the
edges so there is going to be nearly no wake at all. Even with 30 lbs
of electric thrust and battery on board there is virtually no wake.
Quite remarkable really and due to the boat dimensions and seating
position. The big upside to this is the ease of rowing and the boats
ability to handle a chop. It does handle a bit like a skiff
really and benefits from additional weight low down along the keel line
in "rougher" weather as buoyancy is not a problem."
boating, and hope yours floats as well as mine does, it's just great
and all praises must go to the designer."
"This looks like it will be fun to build!"
are being built.
(UK) "Many thanks Bill, It all looks very thorough and well-worked-out!"
(US) "The locking mechanism for the transom is
(US) "Thanks for providing this design. For years
admired the Seahopper
/ Kontender and wished they would release plans. Even
reverse-engineering it myself, but didn't have the time. Now
(US) 'I really like your boat; it is the closest I have ever
folding boat come to a "real" boat.'
(UK) "The text is a model of clarity ! Keep up the good work.
think this is what I have been looking for."
"Received the file and have already printed it
out. I can't wait to
take the time to read and understand all you you have done with these
plans. It looks like an amazing project."
(UK) 'I think that if Flapdoodle was made as a
"stitch and tape"
it would be quite an attractive boat.'
is something I too have considered, but not yet tried.]
"It has possibilities as a micro-cruiser."
"I received the Flapdoodle plans and am pleased. I've
been looking for a folding dinghy for a while and couldn't
the cost of a Seahopper or whatever they are calling them now."
done an excellent job with both the design and the documentation (I'm a
retired airline type - we live by manuals!) They certainly have value
to warrant the current price."
(UK) "These are
really excellent and inspiring plans. I have to say the
quality of your support and the standard of the documentation that you
send out makes the Flapdoodle plans the best investment I've made
a very long time."
(RU) "Plans have arrived. I have not looked into the contents in detail, but
archives unpack and it all looks great! Thanks a lot! I stumbled upon
your website while googling for folding boat plans and immediately liked what I saw.. Now I have
something to keep me busy when the winter comes!"
(UK) "Many thanks – a great design and a brilliant plan delivery system!"
USAEight Flapdoodle builders are ladies.
of endearment builders have used