Normally, I would consider under 7' too short for me, but I got this stringerless blank free (thank you McDing) it's 6-9 x 24, so I've decided to build a stubby, maybe 6-7 x 23 or thereabouts - because the rocker is not as flat as I'd like for a Simmons type board, or a fish. I still think I can make this board work for me, my planshape will maximize the foam that's there, its very close to the shape of the blank.
So I'm gonna use a Simmons type outline, but my plan is to go with belly in the nose, flat in the middle, V in the tail, with a thruster fin setup. Pinched rails in the nose, maybe a bevel bottom through the middle, and standard down rails in the tail. This is all stuff I've used on past boards that have worked well for me, but never on a stubby, and this will have a wider tail than I've ever done before..
I'm not committed to anything definitely, like to hear any suggestions / input you have. Especially on fins / bottom. I found an old thread where most the stubbies were single fins, that was a surprise, I was thinking the wide tail would lend itself more to a thruster or quad setup, even twin maybe, but with rail fins not a single. Trying to keep an open mind on this. Looking through Fowler's F.O.Y. thread in surfshop I notice he is going single fin on some of his wide tail models, with extreme V.
Anyway, tonight I cut it open and added a stringer from a scrap piece of 3/16" plywood I had laying around, and rough-cut the planshape. Here are some pics.