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« on: October 26, 2017, 03:11:47 PM »

Can anyone post up some information about cut-down workboats? I've always been curious how the cut-down process works, the build-out, etc. Seems like an affordable way to get a solid glass workboat. Any info or photos you could post would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 01:55:53 PM »

Can anyone post up some information about cut-down workboats? I've always been curious how the cut-down process works, the build-out, etc. Seems like an affordable way to get a solid glass workboat. Any info or photos you could post would be appreciated.

You take a yacht hull and cut the sides down so you can work the boat. Usually the floor is lowered also.
You have to have a good eye for the shape.

There are a couple for sale on Craig's list eastern shore.

One is a 32' Trojan.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 11:01:07 PM »

giving this a try to post pic
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 11:03:36 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 11:06:56 PM »

mocked up, cutdown photo,  34 hatteras
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 11:11:51 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 11:13:16 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 04:55:08 PM »

Thank you for posting those. Looks like it turned out great. I see large old glass boats cheap often. Does anyone know which brands make good candidates for a cut-down?
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2017, 12:26:41 PM »

I've seen quite a few cutdowns and rarely do they look right. Most are just plain awful. Most purpose built Chesapeake deadrise workboats have a different hull design than most sport boat hulls. True workboats usually have some V in the bow but flatten out quickly with a completely flat bottom in the stern. This is for stability and the ability to work very shallow water. A full deep skag is also necessary for holding a straight line at low speed. Most sport hulls have more V throughout the hull length and not a full skag. This makes for a rollier boat but also a faster boat in choppy seas. Most guys seem to ignore whats underneath and focus on making the topside look like a Chesapeake workboat. Thats all great but if you want a boat thats works properly focus on the underside. Drive around marinas and look at workboats and non workboats out of the water for ideas. Good luck.
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2017, 10:26:03 AM »

Great thread.  Never knew people did this.  Great idea.  Crablegs, or anyone else, how difficult is it to add a skeg or shallow keel to an existing hull?  I think you're right the underside is important. I'd like to stop my boat from skidding as much.
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