Refit and Modifications.
In this section
we hope to illustrate some modifications which can be applied
to vessels to make them more practical, efficient, and in
some cases, safer.
Two of the
examples shown are catamarans but their shortfalls can also
afflict mono-hull boats. Some modifications can be extensive
and costly and may not be as effective as hoped. Others can
be relatively minor but yield tremendous benefits.
If you are
considering modifications to improve your boat it is strongly
recommended that you ask the right people before commencing
work: at the very least, an informed decision can be made.
It is a good idea to talk to several people and compare notes.
Some modifications are:
- Hull extension for larger
cockpit, improved speed or efficiency.
- Hull sponsoning to improve
performance or stability.
- Enclosures for more protected
living space: cockpit, fly bridge.
I.e.: replacing of stern-drive (I/O) installation with a
shaft and propeller.
- Refit: this can range from
a thorough upgrade to like original condition or a conversion
to another application such as converting a fish boat to
Shaded area shows typical bow wave due to center
of gravity being too far forward.
Running smoother, faster, and with little
bow wave after modification.
30' Aluminum Catamaran.
Required modifications to address issues at higher