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Old 12-04-2013, 13:47   #46
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Re: Size Matter

Okay now that my coffee is in me I have pulled my head out of where it was this morning.
I would rereply to all of you.
I am working on a sailing dinky this summer. Probably will take me a month or two to build. If I like that we will build the 25ft I want to play with. Maybe that will take me four or five years. See I am not in a rush. Life is to short to rush. I am old enough to know that but still young enough not to really care what others think HAHA.
So if all those projects go well then I will be wise enough to build THE DREAM BOAT,
If I don't feel like doing it. I will wait till all my kids leae the hous take my 25ft down to the carribean with my wife. Were we will play house and enjoy are retirement.
We will see how life plays out
Its all about the journey right?
So enough said I hope one day I will meet you all in the water. Anymore advice about building or size or what ever can't wait to hear it
God bless you all
Wish you all fair winds and following seas.
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Old 12-04-2013, 14:08   #47
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Re: Size Matter

I think you would be much better to buy a Westsail 42 and selectively gut and rebuild its systems and rig, when finished you would have a cruising boat. I used Westsail as an example, there are lots of 42s out there that would work. If building from the ground up I would use a professionally built steel hull from a designer like Roberts and have the engine and shaft put in then work away.
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Old 12-04-2013, 17:01   #48
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Re: Size Matter

Good luck on your dinghy project.

If you have plans already then disregard the following:

If you would like a sailing dinghy that is a good one to start with I have a full set of El Toro plans and can sell them for $25 including postage. El Toros are well known on the west coast for their sailing ability and their use as a tender for the big (25 footer) boat.

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Old 12-04-2013, 18:10   #49
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... We plan on Doing some extended cruise maybe be at sea as long as 30 days. There is Five of us. ...
If I read this as taking occasional 30 day family cruises in future years, I think that 36 feet is plenty big for 5 people. If living full time for years maybe want larger, but 30 days is just a very long vacation - you will spend most time topsides anyway. As a 44 footer is about twice as much boat as a 36 footer (likely something like 24,000 lbs versus 14,000 lbs) I would recommend the 36 footer - you will be finished and out sailing with the family years sooner.

Just my opinion of course.
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Old 12-04-2013, 18:20   #50
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If building from the ground up I would use a professionally built steel hull from a designer like Roberts and have the engine and shaft put in then work away.
I know of a steel multichine sail project. It has sat here many years, but still looks great. I could get contact info. Gotta be 40+, has shaft and prop. Big keel. Appears to be well toward completion.

Some few really do love the building. I've built several epoxy-plywood boats. Most of it is pleasant work with no one talking all the time. Personally, the boat I'd build instead of your 25, would be the TIKI 31.
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