|There is something about a classic mahogany runabout that attracts admiration and attention. The flaring concave sides flowing into a reverse barrel tumblehome at the transom, combined with the gleaming mahogany finish, accentuate the sleek flowing lines and conjure up the feeling of what real boating is supposed to be.
The Monaco is a modern version of these classic runabouts using advanced construction techniques for the best of traditional design and contemporary construction techniques. The hull is built by cold-molding methods, plywood and thin veneers (or all solid veneer) laminated over closely spaced framing members; a proven structurally sound concept that eliminates most of the maintenance and problems associated with the methods of yesteryear.
The plans specify the underwater hardware required such as strut, rudder, shaft log, etc. All of these fittings, custom designed for inboard runabouts, are readily available; searching for the proper hard to find fittings is not required.
Building is simplified by the use of longitudinal motor stringers that lock into each frame, a method that assures accurate duplication of the hull lines. The complete plans provide drawings on all phases of the construction with numerous enlarged details, sections, fastening schedule, bill of materials, and step by step instructions. Full Size Patterns give templates for structural members and eliminate lofting or the use of complex dimensional layouts.
The hull shape is convex “vee” bottom with flaring sides and generous tumblehome at the transom. The hull be extended or shortened up to 10% by re-spacing the frames from the aft end of the stem to the transom a proportional amount. The beam should not be changed.