Posted by BillyBudd.... Rod, I've been reading about your work on this endeavor, and I've got a few questions for you.
1. When I turned the hull on my boat I thought I was almost done, but was in reality only about 40% done with the build. I'd be curious about your sense of time saving on hull because you're modifiying an older hull.
2. How long will that fiberglass hull last before you're faced with restoration/excessive care issues? What do you have to do it it to maintain it? Gel coat(s)? Sealers? Inside and outside?
3. Is is your sense that the original spars/sails are right for the modifyed boat? Have you considered wood spars, a different sail plan?
4. It is really a sweet idea, reclaiming for the good a well designed hull and remaking the cockpit/cuddy out of wood. Lovely. I'm wondering about smaller f/g fixed keel hulls (say 18', more or less) that are well known for their design and performance because that size might be more inviting to many -- more trailerable, easily accomplished, etc. Ideas?
5. Lastly, I'm really pleased that I'm now "retired" from boat building: 5 boats here! DONE. Otherwise, I'd find temptation gnawing at me! Good work, keep that f/g off your skin...if you can.