Simpson designs are well known in Australia
for being solid cruising designs. His Slipstream 15 was one of his racier designs. There was one that was raced in Far North Queensland
The original versions had a flat and very slopey front to the cabin
which would have been terrible in the sun. This boat has a far better cabin
A Slipstream would be a great cruiser for some who wants a large but higher performance cat at a good price
. Having built a cedar/ply boat 20 years ago that I love still, I am always a little mystified with reluctance of people to consider wood composite - balsa can be problematic - and I am currently fixing some balsa panels
on a small project
I own. But cedar and ply can be such a good fit IF and this is a big if, if the construction does not include lots of screws and bolts penetrating the structure. In fact wood makes more sense in the age of uni chainplates and boltless fittings.