I have the plans for this, and am quite serious about building something of this order in the spring. I would build the 18ft version, and have flush decking and the standard sail configuration.
However, previous threads on this were somewhat disturbing, particularly the remarks of one experienced poster that this was the only boat ever to have frightened him. I do not care to be frightened, and don't want an unforgiving boat. The account given was that there was no progressive resistance to wind induced heel. As the wind pressure rose, the boat heeled, and showed no sign of stopping.
Mine will be sailed off the North Norfolk coast in the UK, basically in the North Sea, and in the Wash, as well as inland on the Broads. So I really cannot have a boat that is on a knife edge of knockdown whenever the wind rises.
As an alternative, I've looked at some Michalak designs. The AF sail model prompted the remark from one builder that he changed it out, because he wanted something he felt safe about taking his wife out in, on a windy day. OK, this is not for me either. Then I look at Jukebox2, which is basically a knockoff of the AS19, and this looks more the part. So this is where I am going at present, towards Jukebox2.
But what I'd really welcome feedback on is, whether the view of the Pelican is correct. Is it really this hair raising? What about the one that sailed to Hawaii? What about the other feedback that praises it as stable and sea worthy and tolerating high winds and fairly rough water? All these accounts cannot be right. Which is more credible, and why?
I like the Pelican design greatly, the room, the simplicity, the solidity of the thing. But I do not want to be either flat over in the North Sea, or with heart in mouth in case. I can see that the relatively narrow bottom might lead to tenderness, but I can't understand why the marked flare does not lead to progressive resistance to heeling.
Look forward to hearing!