Originally Posted by Vasco
The cost of fitting out this boat is just not worth it. Even if you get it for nothing. A lot of sweat and money
and you will end up with a one-off boat, difficult to sell. Break it up and sell the lead.
Vasco, I finally came around to agreeing with your assessment. The original builder
of the kit quit construction 20 years ago, there must be a reason why.
The engine is mounted facing forward and, consequently, there is no Vee drive. That places it nearly in the middle of the main cabin
. The engine mount stringers took up more cabin
room, and so the builder
made them far too short (per the formulas in Dave Gerr's Elements of Boat Strength
). The main bulkhead has no tabbing at all at the hull/cabin top joint - just a thin bead of thickened epoxy
. At the very least, I'd need to tab in and let cure that joint before a crane squeezed the hull while lifting. The executor of the estate refused further access to the boat - even for inspection
by a surveyor
- (paid at my own expense) and that's when I bailed out.
Thanks everyone for appealing to my sanity on this!
BTW, someone here pointed out that few boats go around Cape Horn, so maybe I'm over-specifying on the boat strength. I sail offshore
along the coast near San Francisco
, and often around Point Conception to the south. While that's not the same challenge as rounding The Horn, it often comes pretty close. If you look at the sea-state analysis
on a typical day, the Pacific just offshore
of San Francisco
is usually one of the roughest parts
of the entire northeast Pacific. The coast here has 1,000 miles of fetch. Sailing to Hawaii
from San Francisco, the roughest stretch is usually the first 100 miles. And Point Conception has rightly been called: "the Cape Horn of the Pacific
." Around here -- you need a stout boat, not a delicate "Lily of the Sea."