I'd love to build my dad a small power boat. He's 80, in good health and still pretty agile. He sold his big honkin' Boston Whaler about four years ago, and though he'll never admit it, I think he misses being out on the lakes.
So here's the design brief:
- absolutely a no-brainer, in terms of skill or effort, to launch and retrieve off a trailer. The boat will live on the trailer when not in the water, and will likely be towed by a smaitll SUV (think Honda CRV).
- easy for him and and my mother (who is somewhat less agile) to get in and out of,
- small enough to meet the above, but large enough that he won't feel "under-boated" in a chop,
- easy to keep clean (he's the penultimate neat freak)
- easy to maintain and relatively cheap to run,
- stout construction but simple to build -- for obvious reasons, if I do this, I'll need to get it done, so every manhour counts,
- enough eye appeal that he'll have some pride of ownership,
- used for casual day boating on inland lakes (for whatever reason, he will not put a boat in salt water)
- easily stored in a garage or under cover in the back yard,
- "confidence-inspiring" (with respect to my mom).
I live in the desert (Albuquerque) so solid wood/carvel is out. Anything else is up for consideration. I'm sure the design brief will be revised as options and other considerations are raised. For now, all suggestions welcomed. Thanks.