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Here are three new Ones to repeat and learn for Boating

Slip, Slop, Slap… say it fast, and repeat it a few times to yourself.

Slip…on a shirt

Slop…on sunscreen

Slap…a hat on your head.

The sun is brutal on your skin while using you boat.

It is amazing what seabuddy / chris brown learns from tuning in, Dave Hanson, Host of the “WNAV Boat Show” at 2:00 pm on WNAV, 1430 radio out of Annapolis, MD

Riva Florida runabouts and Riva Super Florida runabout boats

riding bow high for the best control

Riva built this luxury runabout in Lake Como, Italy in wood and plywood from 1953 to 1968. The factory records indicate that 711 runabouts were made over this time frame.

A Super Florida Riva is a longer hull with 2” more beam than a Florida Riva model.  The hull was made bigger along with the new name to perform and ride better with a more powerful V-8 engine that became available as time progressed from the 1953 beginning of boat production.

These runabout boats all had a deeper forefoot than the typical Chris Craft of that time, while at the transom, the bottom was all but flat, as was the Chris Craft runabout.

This gives a better riding across the water experience at low speeds but these Riva need to get that sharp vee in the bow area out of the part of the hull that is in contact with the water as any speed increases. Why? What steers a boat should be the rudder. If a wave or wake at an angle catches the vee up front, that area can become a larger “rudder” than the boat’s metal rudder and the runabout will “bow steer” and the helmsman can not correct or over-come this redirection by the smaller area metal rudder that is attached to the steering wheel.

This vee forward is deeper than a Chris Craft

almost flat bottom at the stern

How to do prevent this action? Simple, balance and power the runabout such that the vee splits the waves and wakes at low speeds and weight balance, adjust the shaft down angle, and power to make the boat ride bow proud, or bow high, at speed. Without a power trim in a fixed shaft inboard, these three items are very important.

What happens as power causes the speed to go up? One must change one or all of these three design goals to work at the new, higher speed.

Over-power a straight shaft inboard and the flat transom stern area give more lift to the transom area of the runabout. Lift the transom and the bow gets pushed down at the same time. The lift of one pushes down the angle of the other.

The down angle of the inboard’s shaft also provides lift to the back of the boat. More lift from the almost flat bottom stern and down angle of the shaft causes the runabout bow to want to submarine and bow steer.

The fix?

1)      Change one or all of the three things to work together at the new speed to make for a safe riding / handling boat again.

2)      Have power trim on the drive to allow the helmsman to adjust amount of lift at the stern area of the boat. That is why I/Os (sterndrives) have power trim and that feature makes them more complicated.

What does this all mean? The runabout was set-up to perform well for an expected top speed: put in a souped up engine and that set-up will not perform well at the new top speed.

A good side view of how the vee goes to flat as the hull bottom moves aft

Midnight Lace Yachts

A fine cutwater

She is the best known and recognized of example of the commuter style of yachting done since the 1930s; Long and narrow. Light and speedy and a LOOKER!

While this is but one of several styles of a series of fine yachts called Midnight Lace, this one shows the lines and curves that that define the name. A sharp clipper bow and with the deck structure set well back in the boat. She is what one far-sighted yacht designer drew to bring a commuter yacht back into the boating scene post 1975 and up to today.

Note the hull widening at the chine

Now, what was a “commuter yacht”? If one worked on Wall Street or was a Captain of Industry before the 1929 crash, the family estate was out on Long Island with your office in Manhattan. In this time in the US history, a fast, go-to-work boat was the cat’s pajamas to commute from home to office daily, thus the name “commuter”. She was used as a go-to-work vessel, not as a cruiser, nor as much of a over-nighter. These boats were sleek, long, and narrow beamed high powered day boats and had more style put into their design than practical ness. Style ruled the design board with a commuter yacht.

Deckhouse and helm are well aft sitting on the hull

The first size in the Midnight Lace designs built was a 44’ with an 11’ beam, which was based from a 50’ by 13’ fully, developed set of hull lines and profile look. It is said that 45 of these Midnight Laces were built. Think about it – – – today most 33’ cruisers sport an 11’ beam.

another view looking forward

This 44’ model is not in my photos, here. Other sizes were built, and this is a one of those other sizes, sitting in a yacht yard  along the mid-Atlantic coast for some spring touch up work.  Boats, both, full-custom (one only) and semi-custom (several made of limited offering of a given yacht hull) were made. I believe that a 36’, 40’, 52’ and 65’ yachts were drawn by Tom Fexas.

As an aside, I sea trialed a 44’ as a pre-cursor to my buying a used yacht. That boat with her twin 210 Hp Renault diesels was too slanted towards good fuel economy at the expense of a sprightly cruising speed, and I did not buy that boat.

Some of the new-wider hull Midnight Lace yachts are powered with 1,400 Hp and speed along nicely in high style. If you fall in love with a Midnight Lace, please check out her speed before buy. Do not worry about the ride, they are Top Shelf merchandize in that department.

note the bottom shape

Need a place to stay for the Festival?

Check off what you want for your stay and to get up-to-that-days choices and then fill the start and end dates for the days and nights you are planning to be in St. Michaels, MD.

This is THE resourse that I find is best for rooms, b&b’s, and vacations rentals for this area. They all call into a central telephone number each day what they still have foryou.

Do not miss dining here!

207 N Talbot St, St. Michaels, MD Key Lime Cafe friday night Tapas

Friday night is Tapas night.

Small plates, good food, order a little or order a feast. Your choice.

Say hi to the friendly staff from seabuddy when you stop by. This is a not to be missed downtown St. Michaels, MD experience

Boaters note: the Chesapeake Bay museum slips, Higgins boat yard, and St. Michaels Marina are just a short walk. St. Michaels is a boater’s town.

Special Event: The Antique and Classic Boat Festival with its’ 11 acres of classic boats and Festival events like the Arts on Navy Point imbedded in the boat show; runs just the three days of 18 19 20 of June in 2010.

Jeffrey Beard Seminar June 19, 2010, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD : Built in Maryland: Chris-Craft, Owens, Cruis-Along, & Whirlwind

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Built in Maryland: Chris-Craft, Owens, Cruis-Along, & Whirlwind

 The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Club is underwriting this presentation by noted boating expert Jeffrey Beard. Mr. Beard’s private collection of boat catalogs, notes, and other memorabilia rivals those of most Museums within the world. His files and records are considered one of the largest, if not the largest such collections of original material in private hands.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS has underwritten the hour long Boating Event Talk by Jeff Beard that will be fully supported with slides, boat catalogs, and other resources from his personal files as one part of their dedication to furthering Boating Education / Knowledge on Boats and their role in the Chesapeake Bay. Mr. Beard has also agreed to extend his formal presentation time with an open question and answer session immediately afterwards, for those with queries about the boat brands of Maryland.  

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has made available meeting space in their Steamboat Building on their 18 acre museum grounds and historic buildings.  

CBC-ACBS indicates that this seminar will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

There is no cost to attend this seminar once you are on the museum property. The museum waives any property entrance fee to members of their Museum, but this St. Michaels non-profit organization does collect $13 from non-member adults to support their ongoing efforts. Ask before you pay about Senior, Children, and Military discounts. It’s also a good idea to inquire about Museum membership for you or your family. seabuddy certainly gets more than my donation back in the value after attending an event or two or visiting other Museums as already a member of the CBMM .

for more information: 410-437-8108, ask for Maryann

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