After much research
, I built a Roberts 36 in the late 70's - 80's from scratch. Foam sandwhich over a male mould. I did it because I wanted to go cruising, and didnt have the cash to buy what I considered necessary (inspired actually by Eric Hiscock's, Cruising Under sail....he mentions multi's in that book and suggests they may become the ultimate cruising craft. Very prophetic I think given he was writing in the early 60's ). I flirted with the idea of a cat , but ultimately went for the Ketch
rigged Roberts because I thought I would have needed a cat over 40 ft, lack of designs and thought it would take too long. I wouldn't build again, but I certainly have no regrets about building from scratch. Ultimately I cruised full time for about 3 years, and eventually sold the boat in 2001, so I did get all those weekends back.
Nowadays with so many kits and more options it probably doesn't make sense time wise to build the hull
, although when I was building that was where most of the cost saving were for an amatuer.
During my project
I did help a mate build a paper tiger, used Klegacell foam core
, and was not popular when my beloved discovered I had 'borrowed' the vaccum cleaner in an early attempt at vacuum bagging......
We do hope to have our next boat built by a semi - cudstom builder
, and am really looking forward to that project.
Have a go, because you do end up knowing every inch of the boat and ultimately it is was extremely satisfying sailing my boat.