The SCAMP "Argo" will feature a Custom Footwell
- A footwell is not part of the stock SCAMP design. That said, I think the footwell has many advantages, notably: place to extend your legs for comfort, place to stand and sail (which could help with agility when sailing in certain conditions)
- The biggest downside is that there is no drainage from the footwell, so bilge pumps or auto bailers or both must be added to it.
- It could be argued that if the boat takes on a big wave that it could fill the footwell creating instability. I think the extra water weight in that scenario would be down low in the boat and could even help improve stability, so I am not worried about this.
- The Small Craft Advisor SCAMP forum is a good source of qualified opinions on this topic from Howard Rice and others.
- I made the footwell 18" long, rather than making it the full length between B5 and B6. I wanted it a bit smaller, so limit the amount of water it could fill with, and also on a practical note, at 18" I had enough plywood left over in the kits to make the bottom doublers for the ballast area and footwell and also the little extra footwell bulkhead. See drawing below.
- SCAMP is designed for water ballast to be used in a compartment between B4 and B5. As I began building the the boat last year, my initial thought was that I would rather keep water out of the boat than intoduce water into it, so I planned to use lea fixed ballast. As I spend this winter thinking about it, I can share that my goal was to design a lead ballast system that could be removed easily in the event that I wanted a "optional" ballast, and this seamed a real challenge unless a large hatch was added over the ballast...which I wanted to avoid. I can share that after months of contemplation, I am back to sticking with the stock design of water ballast. I like the idea of being able to lighten ballast in a grounding situation (rare) and also during rowing and trailering (frequent), so it is likely that Argo will be built with the standard stock water ballast design, come spring.
The doublers were glued down with thickened epoxy and pressure applied with heavy weights. After curing , I flooded perimeter of the footwell doubler and ballast compartment doubler with epoxy to ensure no voids and to build a nice solid sealed floor, then filleted everything. I had some filler material left, so I added a fillet along the base cleat of the mini bulkhead also.
- Note: I decided to fiberglass the entire interior of the footwell. I have updated my drawing above to reflect this.
- One large piece of fiberglass for the floor and sides, and then fiberglass tape in the vertical corners where the edges of the fiberglass cuts meet.