I confess. I am a Midwestern practical person. I have a van for the family. I buy cars with 100000 miles because I cannot justify buying anything that depreciates as fast as a new car. I live next to Sturgis, where West Coast Choppers and Ducati crotch rockets reign, yet I drive a plain ordinary Honda street bike. (because it gets 65mpg).
Yet when it comes to my love for sail boats all that goes out the window. I want what is not practical, not logical, not feasible, but I want it. This was never to much of a problem because in the past this dream was also NOT POSSIBLE. Now I find myself with the time, location, ability, and resources to build what I want. Not what I need, or would use, but WHAT I WANT!.
So this is it. I love Crowninshield’s Schooner FAME, Too big! I love the gaff cutter Kelpie. Too deep. I need to trailer, but I live in a place where 35’ is common for hauling cattle & horses. In need a draft under 3‘.. I want narrow, sleek look. After all I will spend as much time admiring it as sailing it. And I want it to turn heads, Every head. I want Bill Gates to try to buy it from me so I can turn him down.
A gaff cutter, with topsail. I want strings to pull and play with. I want to sail not sit on a boat. I want to sail alone and work my but off, or have my family along for a fun and exhilarating ride. I don’t care about accommodations. She needs to move well in little breeze. And stand up under a good blow. I know these are all compromises, but I don’t want to compromise!
I have never started a project that I have not finished. I also think there are others of you out there that are “in the same boat as me”.
Am I craze? Have years of practicality finally snapped me? CAN THIS BE DONE?
26” LOD wine glass, topsail cutter, 2’6” draft with drop down keel 4-6’????????
Confession is good for the soul. I feel better now, But I STILL WANT TO DO THIS!