Originally Posted by sanibel sailor
Building a boat to go sailing is putting the cart before the horse. You do not have enough experience to know where to make the zillion choices/compromises. F'rinstance, other than a SMALL handful of outspoken authors, almost every long term cruiser has an inboard... You really need to be skillful to do without, not what I would suggest for a neophyte.
I am inclined to agree with this. You will learn way more by buying
a small cheap
fibreglass boat and going cruising for a month or two than you will in years of reading forums
. The biggest thing is not the boat, its you. and until you have a few miles under your belt you really don't know exactly what sort of sailing you enjoy, and what style of boat is right.
Secondhand boats are so cheap
right now that building doesn't make any economic sense, unless you love to build and want a very unique type of boat.
If it were me i would buy an existing steel boat, and go sailing. The issues with internal rust are not as bad as you think, and It will save you years of time and thousands of dollars.
The design you are looking at looks nice. She wont be real fast, but will be easy to handle and seaworthy
. I am guessing a hull
would cost around $50k to have built, unless you can find a very cheap welder. certainly thats what it would cost over here in aussie. Rig $20k, Interior $10k ,winches 3k, electrics 3k, sandpaper 5k, screws etc 5k, outfitting 4k. that comes to about 100k. You can make big savings by finding secondhand stuff, and building parts
youself. But these take time and still cost a suprising amount. 100k gets you a pretty good boat these days.
Brent Swain has some of the simplest and cheapest steel boats. I like them and the ethos behind the boats. If you are planning on building a budget
steel boat it would be worth looking at some of his ideas. Or just buy one of his boats that are for sale