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Small-sized boats. Types of small-sized boats. Basic definitions A boat is an engineering structure capable of moving on water and carrying loads and people. Thus, the boat will be both a kayak and an ocean liner... read more>>>

The main elements of the vessel A small vessel, like any transport vessel, consists of a hull (the vessel itself) and a superstructure or deckhouse. The hull of the vessel is the main part, which includes the kit and the skin. The set consists of longitudinal and transverse links that serve as the basis for the hull shell of the vessel, which provides the hull with water resistance and, together with the set, strength and rigidity... read more>>>

The main dimensions of the vessel One vessel differs from another in geometric characteristics. The skipper should know these characteristics of his vessel, or, as they are called, the main dimensions. The main dimensions of the vessel are: length, width, draft and side height... read more>>>

Classification of small-sized vessels Transport vessels — boats and motor boats serving for the transportation of passengers and cargo, including pleasure boats-taxis, transport, service, traveling and other vessels with a passenger capacity of less than 12 people... read more>>>

Reduction of fuel consumption on motor boats and speedboats The cost of fuel consumed during the season, combined with other related expenses for the maintenance of the vessel, makes up a significant share in the family budget expenditure related to recreation. And it's safe to say that reducing fuel costs... read more>>>

«Drascombe» boats. Motor-sailing dory «Drascombe Lugger» «Drascombe» boats are well known to every English yachtsman. These deckless vessels are available in large numbers in almost any sailing center on the coast of England and on the vast majority of inland waterways. Often, «Drascombe» can be found in the sea quite far from the shore, where they perfectly recoup on a steep wave... read more>>>

Dimensions and contours of the displacement boat In recent years, in our country and abroad, the interest of water lovers in slow-moving, but also the most economical displacement motor vessels has reawakened. The increase in operating costs, difficulties with the purchase of gasoline on the banks of most of our rivers force many owners of planing motor boats and boats keep their vessels for most of the season on a joke or use them with obviously low-power and not corresponding to the hull motors, adjust the sails. It's no accident... read more>>>

Protection of the propeller by a tunnel For the first time, tunnel formations of the bottom began to be used on shallow-seated river steamers: an increase in the size of ships and an increase in engine power led to the need to use large-diameter propellers, therefore, in order to maintain a minimum overall draft, it was necessary to place the screw in a special recess (tunnel) in the bottom. Before we talk about the specifics of using the tunnel as a means of protecting the propeller on boats, we will give some general recommendations developed by the experience of operating tunnel vessels on river transport... read more>>>

Japanese houseboat for the open sea Unlike houseboats, which are widely used on the rivers and lakes of Europe and America, such comfortable vessels in Japan should be designed for sailing along the sea coast. Accordingly, the low freeboard and stability of the usual type of houseboats are unacceptable for these conditions... read more>>>

Houseboats-catamarans In addition to comfortable houseboats with fiberglass or metal hulls such as flat-bottomed flatcuts, catamaran boats have become widespread abroad. The displacement part of such vessels is a pair of sealed pontoons of rectangular or cylindrical cross-section, most often of welded construction made of corrosion-resistant aluminum alloys. The pontoons are connected by light cross-links, on top of which a flooring of shields is laid and the walls of the house are mounted... read more>>>

Storage of boats in winter Before going ashore, the vessel should be completely disarmed: remove the mast and rigging, windscreen, distinctive lights and plafonds, upholstered seats, payoles; release all lockers, cabinets, boxes, tanks; transfer oars, batteries, canisters, covers, ropes, anchors, etc. to the shore. It is desirable that a place for winter parking lots... read more>>>

The use of conventional construction plywood instead of water-resistant in amateur shipbuilding. Protection of plywood from moisture The advantages of waterproof plywood as a material for amateur construction of small vessels are well known. However, as practice has shown, quite satisfactory results can be obtained by using less water-resistant plywood — up to ordinary construction, if certain measures are taken to protect it from delamination... read more>>>

Seaworthy cabin boat «Express Cruiser» The most popular model of the company today remains the 25-foot «Express Cruiser 25» developed several years ago. In recent years, in terms of the number of ships sold, this boat has consistently ranked first in the company's reports and really belongs to the most common relatively inexpensive cabin boats in the world... read more>>>

Structural components of wooden boat hulls Even today, wood remains the most affordable and easily processed material at home. An important advantage of wood is the relative freedom of choice of constructive solutions, i.e. modification of the structures of certain components of the housing, depending on the available capabilities. In such cases, it is useful for amateur shipbuilders to know the proven standard versions of the same structural unit... read more>>>

Fishing motorboat from «Trout». Improvements of serial boats The veneer «Trout» that appeared on sale made me happy. They were satisfied with the dimensions and weight, a wide stern with a transom. But there were also many inconveniences from the point of view of the fisherman. Having acquired this boat, I immediately began to reconstruct it... read more>>>

The «Blagg-480» motorboat is a hybrid of a trimaran and a sea knife So what is «Blagg-480»? Indeed, a «revolutionary» step forward in the development of the contours of high-speed pleasure craft or another «advertising duck»... read more>>>

1400 miles on a motorboat. Transfer on a serial motor boat «Blagg-480» with a 100-horsepower «Evinrude» from Oslo to Brighton In the spring of 1979, the «Blagg-480» serial motorboat with a 100-horsepower «Evinrude» made the transition from Oslo to Brighton, where the next «boat show» was to open — an exhibition of small vessels... read more>>>

Heating system for boats, motorboats and yachts Car heaters or small-sized stoves are often used for heating on boats, but with their help it is not possible to maintain the desired temperature for a long time, for example, at night. In our opinion, it is advisable to install a heating system with a special heating tank filled with hot water on ships operated in cold areas of the country... read more>>>

Battery on the boat: care and maintenance For ships with outboard motors and with engines from passenger cars, batteries with a capacity of 45-60 Ah are used, with engines from trucks - 75-90 Ah. The capacity of a fully charged battery is enough for the starter motor to be scrolled for 10 minutes. If we take into account that a few seconds are enough to start the engine in the summer, during parking the battery can be used to power lighting equipment, using up to 50% of its capacity... read more>>>

Homemade folding boat scoop A scoop for a boat is not necessary to buy at all, it is quite possible to make it with your own hands. Such a folding scoop is in many ways superior to its industrial counterparts and has certain advantages during operation. A convenient folding boat scoop can be made of tent tarpaulin, dermantine, non-woven or any other soft material and 4-5 mm steel wire. A folded, homemade boat scoop takes up little space and, most importantly, does not tear off the colorful coating during operation... read more>>>

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