wow, Wow, WOW !! Slowshoes is right. I got some ideas to chew on
Thank you all so far for your insight. This forum really is special. I belong to a few recreational (RV'er, kayak& skiing) forums
and can say that what you have here is pretty unique. Flaming seems kept to a minimum (?screened out) and personality jousts are done pretty tame (?maybe I need to reserve judgement till I've been around for awhile ?!) I followed the thread by Kefaa (Does it take everyone this long') and recognized how great it is that so many are willing to share your lessons from previous experience and actually help someone accomplish their dream
. PLease take a bow (or a stern).
As far as building a kit boat, that would most likely end in divorce. (I struggle with other more mundane deadlines now as it is - like anniversary dates, trash day etc.) However, there are a bunch of shipwrights in northern New England
craving work - plans such as the ones you posted, Hampus, might be good to discuss with one of them over some chowda.
But I still think I'd rather have a boat that has been extensively proven over time to take a beating, even though I hope to not have it out in roaring 40's weather
much. I have a wife and 6 yo daughter, and safety
is #1 for us. I love the cocoon-like look of the Norsea / Falmouth Cutter
/ Dana24 / Flicka. I love sailing comfort & beautiful lines ( I can't swim around these parts
without being bashed in the head
by Morris / Paine / Hinckley yachts), but at the end of the day (or 'days' if were talking about FLicka), I want a tank.
At least for the next 10-12 years, I will not be living aboard
> 2 weeks at a time. Our boat of choice need only be big enough for the 3 of us. The longest open water
distances I can realistically see myself in would be 200-nm or so (Maine - NScotia, or NScotia - Newfoundland), and though those seas can be rough, I'd be carefully choosing when to cross, and then, only after further honing my open water
skills aboard other's boats. The vast majority of time would be spent gunkholing shallow water on weekends. I am not out to race
, and my instincts keep me away from flotillas of yachts with freakish people wearing brightly colored sweaters. OOps, hope I don't get flamed.
My time line to search seriously will be later this year in the fall / winter 2011, when I have hope to have a little cash to throw around. Details and further begging to follow.
Please keep the ideas on this topic coming. I'm posting
another thread request about your favorite travel writing - books
and blogs that are must have's about liveaboard
/ long-distance cruising. Thanks