Thanks for the opinions. some of the plans I've seen seem pretty interesting. Oh well, it's intriguing to see how designs have evolved. Especially those designs that were intended to get the "everyman" out on the water in his own boat.
"Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin' and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests." David McKenzie