I wanted to bring this topic up again, but slant the discussion towards full displacement power boats.
I haven't been able to be nearly as active towards building a boat for this trip for lots of reasons, but it looks like that will be changing. The wife says I need to get busy doing something fun. I don't want to disappoint the wife so I am going to decide on a plan and purchase.
After doing more research/reading I am starting to think that the most realistic way to do this trip would be in a boat with a motor and a cabin. I am leaning towards a full displacement hull for the efficiency and the whole point is to enjoy the trip/surroundings and take it all in. I have thought about semi displacement or a planing hull, but I am not absolutely sure about this, what do you think?
I am looking at boats in the 17'-22' range, full displacement, OB or IB Diesel (not sure yet, but OB would be easier), inside steering station, being able to steer outside the cabin would be nice also, basic accommodations.............a place to sit/sleep/eat/heat up some food/store my stuff and all while out of the rain. I also am thinking some way to heat the cabin would be most beneficial.
Here are some plans I am looking at, any and all comments are most welcome. I want to hear what you guys think about these designs for this type of trip. If you know of other designs please post them.
Of course I really like the larger designs, but I am still trying to go smaller if it makes sense and has what I need.
Tad Roberts designs
18' North Coast Troller
Sam Devlin Designs
Litl Coot (motor sailer)
Dunlin 22 (semi displacement but maybe it will still perform with a smaller motor at displacement speeds)
Gartside #74 (probably too much boat to build, but I will list it since it is such a nice design)
Hartley Fisherman 18
That's all I have for now.