Originally Posted by Bash
. Built of carbon. Well... it will certainly be a unique vessel.
I was recently aboard a boat
with a toilet built of carbon. Not exactly a cruiser, at least not if you define "cruiser" as someone who never sails
without a minimum of 100 meters of chain aboard, but it was light and fast. No door on the head
, either. Just a curtain. I imagine it was an ultra-light curtain.
No wood for the interior, either. I believe the bulkheads were all Divinicell.
In my opinion, by the time you add the center cockpit and the interior built of wood, you've effectively negated any advantage you'll get from the carbon. In the meantime, you'll have added hundreds of thousands of whatever monetary unit you're using to the cost of building the vessel.
Sounds like fun.
Rather like lacing running shoes onto an elephant. If money
were no option, I would have several boats. My last boat was a Kevlar honeycomb rocket; It was a wonderful day sailer, easy to manage and fast. Like any high-performance boat, it could also be a jackhammer in rough water
and you had to reef early. My current
boat is MUCH heavier, more comfortable, and relaxing in a blow, but not so easy to manage and not such visceral fun. And NO amount of money
would allow either to share the virtues of the other. Both designers made smart compormises.
I will add that carbon is not a miracle fiber (stiff, brittle and not great in compression), but any good designer
will explain that the optimum design will use multiple materials. Used in moderation, it is certainly proven. But as Bash noted, real weight savings don't come from the fiber but from austarity. My Kevlar boat was stripped with tube bunks, painted liner, and a porta-head (the holding tank
would x-off many thousands of dollars in carbon alone--same with water