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Old 24-03-2009, 10:28   #1
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If money was no object...

And you wanted to build a boat... or contract to build one....

A few questions...

What type would you build and why?

What material would you use to build it and why?

Anything special in particular that you would do during construction that you've noticed to do with previous builds?

Has anyone built any yacht type crafts and would have done something different in the construction?

Remember this is your luxury end all ship and money is no object, whatever mats you need, equipment etc etc...


I'll start,
I'd go with a catamaran of around 100'ish feet, and it would be galley up

Although i know VERY little about sea crafts, i think i'd build one out of metal of some kind? That seems to be the logical choice i guess.

I'd def want wireless/internet wherever i went so it'd have to be well wired for wi-fi capabilities.

Something i can accomodate my whole family on if we were to ever go on an extended trip. Basically i'd want to build something that i could live on for the rest of my life and had enough space to accomodate myself, my family and maybe some guests and not feel like we're all crammed up.

I'd also want a decent fishing deck/outside lounge type of thing going on in the back...

I don't know, i guess we can all dream no?
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Old 24-03-2009, 10:58   #2
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I'd go with a big expedition motor sailor....steel and aluminum.

I like the big fold out/down openings in the sides and sterns that create decks just above the water.

Would need a two man dry sub port.

Sailing dink about 20ft

And a big fast power dink.

Reasonable sized work shop.

It would be fully crewed.

4 guest cabins, each with a queen and one single over head and private head.
Twin Aziprops high enough that I could beach her with no damage.

That’s the main stuff.
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Old 24-03-2009, 13:46   #4
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No way man....I'll have it one day....just have to talk the mob into letting me keep my AIG bonus.
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few questions...

What type would you build and why?
This is perhaps more of a my ideal dream cruising boat than a hight end luxury boat:

Catamaran of about 38-42 feet or so. I like the shallow draft and ability to live fairly flat as well they way sleeping quarters are spread out. I'd want to be able to sail it solo with some difficulty, but able to do it, sail fairly easily with two, but accommodate up to 6 guests with everyone having their own bunk, not settees, etc.

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material would you use to build it and why?
Fiberglass - simple to form and easy to repair. Would hold up well for my intended use. If money was really no object, maybe something a bit more exotic and lighter like epoxy/carbon-fiber. I'd still go for overbuilt and sacrafice a little performance.

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special in particular that you would do during construction that you've noticed to do with previous builds?

Remember this is your luxury end all ship and money is no object, whatever mats you need, equipment etc etc...
Event though it's luxury and I'd have a lot of money, I'd still want things to be simple and reliable. My money would go into aesthetics and systems that make life easier. Most of what I'd want in a dream boat would actually not cost a fortune, just more than I have.

Like you, I'd choose galley up.

Able to at least steer from inside. I like the second steering station that the catfishers have that allow the saloon to double as a pilot house of sorts.

Hard dodger, with solar cells and water collection.

Two heads with gravity feed discharge from holding tanks.

Twin diesels - one in each hull.

Master state room with chair in front of bunk and fold down lap top table, so I can get online or watch t.v. away from everyone else when I feel the need.

Communications that let me get online and phone world wide anytime.

Really big GPS chartplotter, probably radar, but I'd keep most of the rest simple.

Reliable auto pilot.

Large water tanks and water heater because I really like long, hot showers. Water maker to keep them topped off.

Windlass that feeds rode into locker well.

Oversized Ronca Anchor (I think).

Lazy jack / mainsail cover system.

Basic Roller furling headsails - probalby cutter rigged.

What I would not have: Internal halyards, internal mast or boom furling, a bunch of stuff at the mast top. The mast head would be limited to VHF antenna and maybe anchor light, with internal wires well secured. No centerboards/leeboards.



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Old 24-03-2009, 16:03   #6
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I'm sure my dream is the same as everyones:

"vintage" 1945 90 ft+ catamaran, ferro cement hull, wood deck, yawl-rigged (in mast furling for both masts of course)--- preferably built by Hunter or some other production boat builder (beneteau ok :P), , 1000 gph watermaker, 4 wind generators to power the 6V electrical system, dual atomic 4 engines (newly rebuilt!), helo pad, fully stocked armory (just in case), a deep fryer, 2 coffee makers, radar/AIS/GPS/chartplotter/Google Earth/VHF/HF/SSB/SOB/SAT phone/wireless USB for backup in case my paper charts and handheld compass go missing, 20 gallons of sunscreen (organic type), personal ASA sailing instructor, a red dinghy with twin 225 outboards, an EPIRB and well-stocked liferaft I will refuse to use at all costs, and of course a barometer to anticipate any weather that I may need to outrun. Oh yes, and plenty of rum and deck ornaments for all my friends to enjoy!
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I would not go big myself. I would buy a 1st rate boat though, such as a Pacific Seacraft 37 or a Morris 38.
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I'm sure my dream is the same as everyones:

Oh yes, and plenty of rum and deck ornaments for all my friends to enjoy!
LOL Thats hillarious! It took me about half your post before I got the gag
Sensational. It will sell well
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I think I'd go with this one...Holy Crap!!! It's my boat!!!
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Thats easy, I would just call steve Dashew and say build me one of your beowolf designs or if I wanted power his unsailaboat.

Made from aluminum. Large tankage. hydralic winches. satelite comms.
Why reinvent the wheel when he has already done so......

Or a nuc powered submarine. now that would be cruising....
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