First produced in 1984, the Packman LC was designed by Bill Munson as an alternative to the barge style landing craft that were being produced. Up to that time, traditional landing craft incorporated a flat-bottom or shallow vee hull design with a very broad, flat entry that performed poorly in waves. These barge hulls were difficult to control and
pounded heavily while operating at higher speeds. The hard pounding was uncomfortable for those on board and subjected the hull to unnecessary stress. By 1984, Bill had designed and built hundreds of custom mono hull aluminum workboats and could see a need for a welded aluminum landing craft that would
handle rough water. Reengineering the forward hard chines of his pointed bow hull design would accommodate a landing craft bow door, and would also provide lift for planing heavy loads. This adjustment was possible without sacrificing the performance and sea keeping characteristics of his proven mono hull design.
Munson Landingcraft Development
The Packman LC is suitable for offshore, heavy sea, heavy load operations as well as near shore, shallow water operations. The 16 degree deadrise at the transom creates comfort at high speeds. The beam and depth of the entry at the bow are designed to cut through heavy chop. The shape and rise of the forward chines has been developed to increase stability and provide maximum lift when
bringing the boat onto plane, yet not pound in heavy sea, high speed operations. At speed, the chines knockdown spray and hold the boat on plane with minimum effort. The combination of a modified vee hull with the bow entry of a sport cruiser, and wide forward chines that provide lift and stability have proven to function superbly in rough water operations.