I haven't seen much discussion about this boat since it was profiled in the December ish of WB.
Is anyone out there building one? What do you think of the design? It's on my short list of designs for my future project. I like it because it looks very comfortable. The high bulwarks give a measure of security allowing you to move about on the deck with more confidence. As a handicapped person, I worry about going to the foredeck on most boats (including my current one). The St. Valery almost looks like it was designed with disabilities in mind.
I also like the unstayed masts and the water ballast (I don't want to spend an extra $30,000 for a tow vehicle).
The one thing I see as a problem is the footwell. It can be removed and inverted for more room belowdecks, but that would make it difficult to have a self bailing cockpit, right? In the diagrams in the magazine, it looked like it wouldn't drain at all. Surprising, considering the owner lives in Seattle. I'm in Louisiana, the second rainiest spot in the country.
It would be easy enough to build it with a traditional footwell, but is it possible to make it movable and self bailing?