I'm starting to plan my next boat project
: a large steel
yacht in the region of 40 t displacement
. At the moment, I'm thinking that a Bruce Roberts
S58 Spray would be a good fit. Planning is at an early stage so the build is over a year away.
If you have a similar dream, project
in progress, or completed boat, I'd be grateful if you'd get in touch - I'm keen to compare notes!
In particular, where in the world would you go for high quality steel
hulls for sensible money
? The Netherlands
would seem to be an obvious choice but perhaps the same quality is available elsewhere for less?
r at floatingabode dot co dot uk
More about the dream/general requirements:
I could buy used but I'm intending to live aboard for a long time so I want to get it right. Also, I don't want to put my family
and all our worldly possessions in a boat that I can't trust 100%.
It needs to be a strong, safe boat. I weld quite a lot (mainly TIG) and like the strength and resilience of mild steel. I've also used modern epoxy
coatings on the steel of my current
boat and they last forever! It'd take a lot to convince me to choose a different material.
The rig needs to be manageable for 2 people. The accommodation needs to be a comfortable size for a family
of four to liveaboard
permanently (the wheelhouse on the S58 is an attractive bonus).
I spent a lot of time measuring spaces and shaping materials to fit into those spaces on my current
boat so this time I'm hoping to design the whole thing in 3D CAD, allowing stuff to be made remotely with only minor tweaking to get it to fit in.
33 year old telecommuting product designer/design engineer
with loads of practical skills and a penchant for extreme DIY. Living aboard
for nearly 10 years. Current boat is a self-fit-out narrow boat (english canal boat) with hybrid propulsion
, waste heat recovery and storage
(free underfloor heating!), robust electrical system
for cooking/laundry/welding etc. The inland waterways of the UK are crowded and 2 dimensional though and I've always enjoyed sailing. Add to that my partner's desire to travel and my objections to flying and it's clear that it's time to go salty.