It seems that some readers are considering building rather than buying
an old boat.
There are actually very good reasons for building a boat in this size range.
The first thing which must be tackled is the budget
. The budget
determines the type of boat that is feasible.
The second thing which must be accepted is the skill level of the builder
. Higher skilled folks can build more complicated boats.
The third thing which must be accepted is the location of the project
. It is best if the project can be built at home.
There are many attractive mult-chine designs in this size range suitable for metal construction, or ply construction and for a builder
with modest skills.
or radius chine construction requires more skill and support from a machine shop.
Carvel plank construction is a fast way to get a hull, if you have the skill and a supply of material.
Best reason to build is to get more tankage, a custom accomodation, or shoal draft
. Since most boats this size have large heads and vee berth cabins, one can easily improve them by removing the head
, placing the wc beneath a box or shelf in the forepeak, and configuring the forepeak for storage
, generally making it 2 ft shorter. This frees up space midships for a U shaped galley
, standup chart table, and a larger, 8ft long saloon
with setees, sideboards, bookshelves, heater, etc.
Since all the fasteners will be new, there will be no need to pull and replace them.
Costs can be reduced by purchase
of an old boat and recycling the mast
, boom, cleats
, winches, sinks, ballast, and other items. This will leave the hulk to be disposed of.