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Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:45pm

Post Subject: V bottomed springer

I haver a v bottomed narrowboat that I cannot stand upright in. under the wooden floor there are struts about every 5 feet along the boat for the boards to sit on. Are they simply to support the floor boards or will they be an important part of the boat? I am thining of taking them out so that I can lower the floor level but obviously do not want to do that if the boat is going to fall apart if I do :) Buying a new (taller) boat is not an option at the moment...

V bottomed springer

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:45am

Post Subject: V bottomed springer

I am not a surveyor or naval architect but there is every chance that they are holding the sides together and preventing the V bottom rising up to a flatter profile whilst pushing the sides apart. Springers are, by and large, made from thin steel so you can not rely upon the "box section" of the gunwales, hull side, and hull bottom to provide sufficient strength. I must give you a very strong caution against removing them. The same applies to any fillet pieces that may protrude through the floor at the sides of the boat. Tony Brooks

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