My three basic designs: the Honky Dory, Beavertail and Buffalo
Boat were all designed (by me) in the early 1980s.
I stopped building boats in the late 1980s and became
a computer programmer. Now, as an old fart, I'm getting
back into boat building and designing again.
My latest boat (which doesn't exist as blueprints yet)
has less rocker that my earlier boats. And I like that a
lot. Guys like Jeremy Christensen, who are primarily interested
in running big whitewater, are better off with a boat like the Honky Dory
(built without reducing its rocker profile).
But for many fishing-related uses, less rocker allows the
boat to float in shallower water and makes it easier to slow the boat down.
Low rocker boats are a bit slower to turn. But that isn't much
of a restriction.
For all my boats, there is an easy way to reduce rocker, by
any amount you want.