|Engine power||50 - 100|
|See also||Harbor Master 19, Down East Cruiser 23|
The Novi 23 combines traditional styling with an efficient, easy to build planing hull. She is not a true lobster boat of the double wedge type or a pure fast planing hull. The hull type is similar to what is now frequently called a picnic boat; a seaworthy planing boat but the topsides are more in the Nova Scotia work boat style. We kept the deep forefoot of the modern fast lobster boat hull but the underbody is a true monohedron. This means that the transition to planing speeds will be smooth without any excessive change of trim and without the wasteful suction of warped bottoms running at an S/L higher than 2. (S/L ratio is speed in knots divided by square root of WL in feet. Displacement boats are the ones with an S/L<1.3, planing boats have S/L>2)
The Novi 23 will perform well at displacement speeds in bad weather and run efficiently at moderate planing speeds with relatively small engines.
This boats transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.
The Novi 23 has an enormous capacity: she can be loaded with up to 2,000 lbs of passengers, engine and gear.
The calculated top speeds with moderate load (displacement 2,600 lbs) are as follow:
Compared to traditional lobster boat types, the Novi 23 hard-chine vee bottom hull will not only be faster than the typical round bilge type but also deflects spray more efficiently.
The reduced deadrise aft increases stability at slow speed or rest.
Compared to our HM19, the vee hull will pound less and give much better tracking when running off a steep sea.
The soft riding vee hull requires more labor and materials to build but this hull shape is required for more exposed waters.
She also differs from our faster planing hulls through her deeper forefoot and generous skeg for stability and tracking.
The safe cockpit is deep and wide: 11'+ long (3,35 m), 8' wide (2,40 m) and 28" deep (71 cm). The full height motor well bulkhead provides excellent protection from following seas. The cockpit is self-bailing. The pilothouse offers standing headroom: 6' 2" in the middle (182 cm), the forward cabin with two bunks has sitting headroom. There is room for a portable head under the vee berth. A sturdy samson post is welded to the forward bulkhead.
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