I had meant to build a simple boat. That means straight lines, using off-the-shelf timber, plywood in 1/4, 1/2 or full sheets and doing the minimum of cutting or curves. Simply because I want to build this quickly. So, why did I start thinking about having a curved bow transom? I actually cut the curve in a 10' length of timber.
That simple curve (which took me about 3 hours of work) made me think that there would have to be another 10' length of timber with a similar curve to cut. Then the top of the ply transom would have to have a curve to fit. The bottom of the boat would have to have curves cut into it too. The glass cloth would also be more complicated to cut and fit... It does not seem to be much, but all those curves add a lot of time and material to the build. For what gain? Well, the transom might look more boaty and prettier, I imagine. Trying to analyse the gain/loss equation makes me realise that I will loose a lot (in time and material) and gain very little with those simple curves.
So, I am cutting my losses and ditching the idea. I know I have a 10' lump of timber with a lovely coumpound curve in it, but I'll have to find another use for it. That will be a lot cheaper, not to say quicker, than continuing with that non-sense!