I've been kicking around an idea despite its high likelyhood of being completely absurd, and I'd like to get the thoughts and input of people who have designed and built some boats in the past.
At some point within the next few years I plan to move onto the water
, with no particular home port in mind, except maybe for Seattle
. Ultimately, I'd like to go to Europe
and that's where this concept
probably won't hold water
. Bad pun, I know. The need is for a flat-bottom sailing boat that could cruise
rivers and shallow areas. It would have a double berth, galley
, all those nice things to have for living aboard
. What I would like to try to incorporate is this; I'll need to take my car along too. I have some specific models in mind, namely the Fiat 500, SmartForTwo, 1st generation VW Bug, or the M36 Willy's MB.
What I am picturing at the moment is something a bit like a WW2 Higgins boat, enclosed on the top with a deck
, and a sailing rig of some sort. Figuring 15' for the garage bay, I'm looking at around 35' LOA
. The design would be rather 'Bolger-esque'. Not pretty or fast, but all I'm looking for is something that will float for at least a one-way trip to Paris.
So, my questions are fairly straitforward. Is it possible? What challenges will I need to overcome in the design?