Thanks for the replies and welcomes everyone.
As I mentioned, I've always had an interest in the "unusual" ways of doing things. Many years ago I rendered myself something of an eccentric pariah in the motorcycle world by building my own sidecar outfit, teaching myself to drive it (and, I have to confess, that's probably responsible for the white bits in my beard) and thoroughly enjoying it
, warts and all. How this translates to an interest in boats is a desire to learn about alternative ways of doing things, and low or, perhaps more accurately, appropriate
-tech solutions, even if, ultimately, I wouldn't necessarily adopt them.
Hank, thanks for the suggestions. I think I've looked at most of those, off and on, over the past few years, particularly the lower tech/older designs, including the Wharrams, which I quite like in principle, but which are a little coffin-like in their accommodations in any size I could reasonably hope to build, buy or handle solo (I'm an antisocial git, and MrsB, for various reasons, would not be a participant in any nautical ventures). I have, however, looked at numerous ads for H28s with the thought that they embody very well what I would consider a "proper" yacht
. And, of course, tending towards the odd, I spend a lot of time with Bolger's Boats With an Open Mind
and 103 Sailing Rigs - Straight Talk.
Raymond, I discovered Maylands boatyard while trundling around the web looking at local boating
resources, although I haven't visited in person as yet. It looks to be the nearest thing the Perth area has to the boatyards
I remember from the UK (yep, I'm a (ex) Pom). I spent many enjoyable Saturday mornings visiting my dad's boat (a rather tired Bill O'Brien Bobcat 26 named Carbonnel) on Bristol docks, and was always particularly struck by the pervading atmosphere of cheerful busyness that surrounds any large group of people indulging in an activity they love.Which, admittedly, was slightly countered by the depressing aspect of the odd huge, and apparently perpetual, restoration project
which, in spite of considerable effort of multiple generations, continued to resemble a pile of dry rot
, threadbare tarpaulins and blue plastic rope
, for a decade or more
Boatman61, glad you liked our little city. It's only real downside is that it's an awfully long way to go to find anything different. Oh, and the increasingly ridiculous summer climate, although that would probably be a bit less of an issue if I could afford to live closer to the coast.