My Second 3mm Okoume Ply Hull --
And Back To
Good Old "Flat Panel" Construction!
My goal here was to make a new
hull to which I could "transplant" the folding ama system
and the "E-Z-Up" mast & sail rig
from the double-ended hull they were originally installed on.
(This original boat is the same
boat in the photo to your upper right, and the boat you
may already have seen in the
YouTube video at
The new hull below is the second
-- and last -- hull I'll ever make out of 3mm okoume ply. After
two hull with this pricey yet
flimsy stuff, I can see no advantages over the much cheaper and
3mm lauan ply. In fact, the hulls
I've built of lauan ply are stronger and fairer than the okoume,
are much more resistant to
twisting due to the torque loads that all trimarans will endure.
This hull is also an attempt to
strike a balance between my previous two most successful hulls
-- No Commotion and Laura's boat (click
here to find out more
about both of those boats). No Commotion has a V-hull
with about a 35 degree dihedral, and Laura's boat has a flat
bottom section with 45-degree bilge panels on each side.
I wanted something right in the
middle -- a hull that would track well, not draw much water, not
splash or pound, go fast, stay dry, not be noisy, and be very
light. This hull meets that bill very nicely. My only regret is
going with the okoume ply. Lauan would have made a much tighter,
smoother, flex-resistant hull.