Greetings from the Mediterranean Sea (Balearic Islands, Spain).
I'm a young industrial designer and amateur nautical designer and builder. I am very happy and excited about this new challenge, the ship described in the rules closely resembles the ship that I want to design and build for myself and to sell in kit form.
To be honest, I will not reach the maximum parameters of the challenge. I will always think of my needs and my potential clients. For me the maximum length of 40 'and weight of 3,500 lbs are simple delimiters.
The most important thing for my design is:
That is really a good performance boat under sail and row. The rowing is not intended as an auxiliary propulsion, the ship must perform well with two paddlers and allow a comfortable position for rowing.
Must be affordable for car trailers (1600 lbs max in Europe) and are easily launched and rigged with only one person.
Allow a comfortable accommodation for two people and multy-day cruising.
Here in Mallorca, we don't have quiet lakes or bays so you can meet with a storm of 34-47 knots that comes without warning. If indeed my boat should be perfectly able to navigate in poor sea and wind conditions.
And all that combining the best of traditional wood construction and modern design.
I hope to get a good ending