What Designs Did I Miss? Opinions Appreciated!
I want to build a Sail & Oar Beach-Camp Cruiser sailboat with some very specific characteristics. (Please refer to the Design Criteria list just below.) I have combed through this forum, and searched the internet, and put together a list of the various boats that more or less fit my criteria (Please refer to the Potential Design Choices list further below.)
Are there any good boat design choices that mostly fit my criteria which I missed? Please let me know.
Are there any particular boat designs that stand out as especially suitable, or unsuitable? Please share your opinion. (Yeah, McMullen, I already know what yer gonna say ;-)
- Sail and Oar boat, with ever so slightly more emphasis on sailing than rowing.
- Single-handed sailing and capsize recovery capability.
- Plenty of room - room for one for onboard camping, preferably two. Three people for daysailing, preferably four.
- Shallow draft for gunkholing.
- Ease of rigging, launch, and recovery singlehanded - boat will be stored on trailer.
- Highly seaworthy design, assuming skilled skipper.
- Positive flotation.
- Modern building materials - plywood or strips and epoxy, etc.
- Available as plans, or kit in the USA.
- Very strong preference for unstayed, two-masted boat.
- Strong preference for living designer and/or active online builders support community.
- Strong aesthetic preference for wherry, over double-ender, over whitehall, over other hullforms.
- Strong preference for off-centerboard, over centerboard, over daggerboard. Very open to leeboards. I have big feet - need the room.
- Strong preference for sleeping at least one aboard, preferably two, down low if possible - see off-centerboard preference above.
- Preference for lugsails over spritsails over other non-Bermuda rigs.
- Preference for an already built, proven design.
- Preference for keel bottom over flat bottom.
- Slight preference for yawl over ketch - it depends upon individual design really.
Potential Design Choices
- Mild dislike of pram bows.
- Strong dislike of bowsprits.
- No hard chined hullforms - no sharpies, dories, or flat-iron skiffs.
- No mast stays of any kind - no standing rigging.
- No Bermuda rigs. Never. Not on any boat I ever own. Never again. The day I... <multi-thousand word rant deleted>
- Christmas Wherry (Customized ketch sail plan requires re-located thwarts) by Walter J. Simmons
- Newfoundland Trap Skiff (Smaller, 18 ft version) by Walter J. Simmons
- Salmon Wherry (17 ft version) by George Calkins
- Alaska by Don Kurlyko