Anybody have any recent experience with Stimson Marine's Ocean Pointer Skiff?
In the near future, WB is supposed to have a book out about building this unit. In the published table of contents, it seems to indicate that you have the option of building with either a flat or V bottom.
Now, originally, I had discounted the Ocean Pointer for my purposes because the review in BDQ#2 clearly shows a flat bottom.
I've already owned one too many flat-bottom boats and I wouldn't willingly build one but, if I'm interpreting the TOC correctly, this could be one of those rare "having and eating" cake scenarios.
Finding anything substantial about this Ocean Pointer or their ancestors, the Wallace Westpointers is darned near impossible. Calls to, and money sent for study plans from Stimson have been fruitless (their check was never cashed so I suspect the USPS has a fair measure of responsibility in at least the mail part of these difficulties).
Oh yeah, the "My purposes" part...
I think that a slightly stretched-out Ocean Pointer might be just the thing to hang my 30hp Yamaha onto for exploration of the Texas ICW, rivers and lake systems.
I can just see it now: a sturdy yet light, twentysomething foot pocket cruiser based on the Ocean Pointer V hull. Not so heavy that you'd need a new Ford F-350 to pull it to the coast but not so skimpy that you'd have your pants scared (or beaten) off of you in a moderate chop. Small enough to be handled by one person but big enough to spend the occasional overnight.
I simply can't wait to get my hands on that new WB book so I was hoping that someone on the board might have some inside information about this bottom thing...
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