Originally Posted by Cotemar
No doubt a person with your skills would be able to build a fine cat out of Rainmaker.
There are very few people with your skill set.
The problem is that Rainmaker was a $2.5 million dollar boat.
It took 20 highly skilled craftsmen 3 months to build her.
To bring a $2.5 million dollar boat back to Bristol condition would cost far more than any bank would give you for restoration
This boat is still in production under new management, so they would not be giving away any blueprints to a home builder
, especially after GB's china partner stole a lot of GB's proprietary blueprints already.
I'd argue that there are more than few people capable of building a decent boat. And this boat doesn't have to be rebuilt exactly the same as it was.
I wouldn't. I'd have made a more "conventional" boat out of it. A more enclosed bridgedeck cabin
, a forebeam, etc.
I wouldn't want or need some of the luxury stuff. AC, diesel
gensets etc. etc.
What I'd have been getting is a huge headstart to a fast, light and simple 55 footer. I'd be targeting a launch weight of around 5 tonnes dry, maybe cruising at around 6.5 - 7 tonnes. Around a 18-19 metre mast
, reasonable sail area, say 125m-135m (working sails) and you'd have a pretty quick boat. Not a rocketship, but definitely a fast cruiser. And it wouldn't need to cost all that much.
For a rumoured $10k, the buyers have gotten a pair of carbon fibre hulls and bridgedeck whose materials alone would have been worth far more than that. Even if it cost another $10k (unlikely) to strip out all the motors and wiring
etc, and clean it all up, it's still a real bargain.
I wouldn't be attempting to rebuild
a Gunboat 55. So I wouldn't really want all of the plans. Just the hull layup
specs really. And if need be, I'd do without them. The strong points would be pretty obvious anyway. But I also wouldn't be asking them to GIVE me them. I'd be looking to buy them, as long as the price was sensible.