Originally Posted by Mark Johnson
Another thought... John plans on designing a new "trailerable" folding tri just for his local cruising in Maine
. I don't know if he will put them in is portfolio? If so, however... This would be a project
that most folks could do in < a year, and for beans. It would also be so neat to have your boat sitting in your yard during the off season, perhaps under a shed roof. It would be protected, and have NO marina fees
Just a thought,
Assuming "John" is John Marples. Did anything come of this? I have looked at his site and don't know which of the designs there might be this one, if any.
I don't own a boat yet ... 5 years to retirement
and thinking about how to spend it sailing. Yeah, I know ... emphasis on "spend".
Looking at small cruising tris for the shallow draft
, comfort underway, flexible uses and sailing fun. Thinking I might prefer building one. Yes you usually can buy a boat cheaper ... but that requires you to spend the money
all at once. If I won a small lottery, I'd quit and buy that good-looking SR31 up in Toronto right now. But I will more likely work at this in stages.
I am gradually plowing piecemeal through this monster of a thread because the plan I like best is Searunner
31. (Lots of good info to apply to any boat, too.) I like the center cockpit
and for separation from the Admiral so she can sleep or use the head
while I make my sunrise breakfast. And the walkway necessary to travel the length of the cabin
in an aft cockpit boat seems like a waste of precious square footage. But the big glitch is that I must have a trailer folder. I live on a trout stream that feeds a canoe river. About an hour to the Mississippi
, two hours to Lake Pepin, four to Milwaukee or Green Bay, five to Duluth, or other shorter time to a variety of inland lakes. I know most folders end up sitting unfolded in the water
, but I'm sure I won't commit to one body. And I might snowbird with it.
I have not found a reference to any conversions of Searunners to folding. Lots of other folding types out there, but if you remove all the Farrier-types the list shortens by a lot. I want to be able to fold underway to motor
and keep the amas in their design orientation. While most look at that for entering and leaving marinas
, which is good, my thought is for gunkholing, especially up backchannels on the Miss. So horizontal folders or sliders. Saw one that said it could slide underway but I vetoed it for some reason now forgotten.
I have found these horizontal folders ...
-Marples DC-3 ... leading candidate so far, but has anybody built one yet? Looks like the "prototype builder" who created a DC- 3 website and Facebook site fizzled. Can't motor
while folded as designed, but probably not hard to fix that.
-Argonauta, but the front half of that boat seems really wasted, and I don't like the idea of it being so difficult to get to the rudder
. One should be able to walk the perimeter of any cruiser.
-Telstar 28 ... out of production. Neat features ... folding system has some benefits, though complex, and that mast-raising system looks superb. Aft cockpit but I like the fore head. Could add a light bulkhead to separate the galley
from the lazybones.
- Outrageously-priced Dragonflies, forgetaboutit.
- Marple/Brown Seaclippers up to 28'. Aft cockpits again.
That's all I have found.
So my questions are ...
- Has anyone built or converted a Searunner
, especially a 31, as a folder?
- Can anybody send me to current
info on the DC-3 or the rumor above? I will write to John but also like to tap into the crowdsource.
- Any other suggestions to meet my preferences?
- In what ways am I way off base?