Hi Mike and Fling.
I might comment here, Kev is probably off drilling for oil
somewhere exotic like the north sea or the middle of a desert
I am building a DH550 which is a sistership of the Dix470.
Yes the 470 has a forward cockpit
. All the sheets
come to the forward cockpit from lines on the mast
, through blocks to the two or three winches mounted on the bulkhead top.
Check out the pictures on a different computer. One of my machines will not show the pics but the other one does...dont know why.
Ok the budget
and time...Kev can tell you more if he comes in here again soon but my 2 cents is...
...very much depends on level of facility and finish. I am budgetting $435K all up but that is for a very high level of finish...I am modelling my boat on a sistership called Cheetah which is one of th emost beautiful boats I have ever seen, the builder
did an extraordinary job on it and I hope to emulate some of the finish levels. Have an "old" mate who is a retired cabinate maker and I am currently crawling big time to him to get him to do the cabinatry on the boat.
Time...I am doing it slowly as I have a timeline for my retirement
and I want to have the boat finished jit for that. So I expect 6~8 years. Another reason why I am not rushing is that I think electric propulsion
is developing at a rapid rate and I want to leave that as long as possible before deciding...especialyl int he battery
on this boat.
Just to be clear...these are not minimum time and minimum budget so I know it could be done cheaper and faster but thats not what I want.
I hope that helps you in some way.
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