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Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:26 pm
by jerms
Shine,

I am getting ready to take the plunge and begin my first build. I am thinking that a low sheer FS17 would suit my needs, but wanted to know a few specifics if you don't mind. I've read through this thread a ton of times, my apologies if the following questions have already been answered somewhere and I didn't catch it.


I'll be primarily using this hull to pole high and low tide flats in Charleston, SC. I am mostly concerned with three things: actual draft numbers (light load and two people), how badly the wind catches the freeboard and affects poling, and how well it tracks when poling (irrespective of the wind).

I would appreciate any information you would like to share. Really love what you did with yours.

Cheers,
Jeremy

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:37 am
by tech_support
A lot of this is subjective, but here you go :) .....
actual draft numbers (light load and two people)
mine is about 5" with two guys, trolling motor and a 40 hp (heavy). For a poling skiff, i would have recommend a lighter motor. A guy standing on a platform plus a motor will weight more than rest of the boat.
how badly the wind catches the freeboard and affects poling
not bad, its relative to the draft of the boat and how low you cut down the sheer.
how well it tracks when poling (irrespective of the wind)
better than my PH16, all thing being equal a boat with a more narrow water line will track better. But tracking well is in almost direct conflict with poling draft. A boat with more V or a skeg (profile) will track better, but it will increase draft.

I have some small runners on my hull that help with turning and do not protrude far enough to effect draft - You can make them bigger (more profile) than mine and they would help with poling direction


In real life fishing, there are not many places I cant go with that boat. For a pure poling skiff the FS18 is better, but I would compromise with the FS17 so I could still cross sounds rivers safely and be able to use the boat in other applications. FS17 low sheer would be a great boat for low country tidal marsh fishing. I am considering taking my FS17 up to Hilton head and leaving it there for my dad to use, I have not been able to use it enough myself lately.

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:12 pm
by Rapchizzle
Jerms, give me a call before you start the build and order stuff. I still have some 12 oz biax and 6 oz tape as well as abotu 2- 2 1/2 gal of epoxy.

I haven't even gotten a motor for the Creek Rat yet and I'm already looking at the low sheer FS17 with a tiller!

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:26 pm
by tech_support
Putting the FS17 up for sale......

http://treasure.craigslist.org/boa/3298174818.html

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:32 pm
by Cracker Larry
That's a good buy!

If you sell both of your boats, what's next :?:

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:49 pm
by tech_support
If you sell both of your boats, what's next
I dont know, but if I sell the skiff I have enough (with insurance claim) to get a new 300 4 stroke for SC. :)

I have a good offer already on the SC hull.

if I sell both, I could build a bigger boat (GS28 or other), might re-build another SC, or might partner with someone on a big boat. I'm not really sure, but I would not mind having options (cash) come November.

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:00 pm
by Aripeka Angler
That is a GREAT price for the FS17!!! It sure would be cool if one of the guys on here would buy the boat instead of a stranger. I don't know why I think that way, it's just the way I think :lol:

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:22 pm
by Cracker Larry
I would not mind having options (cash) come November.
Me and you both. Just call us crazy. I'm thinking Krugerrands :wink:

Re: FS17 low sheer

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:05 pm
by jacquesmm
What's happening in November?

:lol: :lol: :lol: