I am new to the Forum and I've been a fan of Wooden Boat for several years. I grew up in New York and New England and my dad's family is deeply rooted in the Norwegian maritime tradition. My older sister taught me how to draw viking ships when I was 4 or 5 and I have always been drawn to their elegance.
I have wanted to build a boat for quite a while and have gone back and forth between the Swampscott Dory and the Norwegian Færing. I always keep coming back to the færing. I've trolled the internet on many occasion looking at the different options for building one. I keep coming back to the plans offered by Iain Oughtred: the Elf and Elfyn. I live in Oakland, CA and would be sailing primarily on San Francisco Bay. My question is really two in one. Which of these would be the better design for bay sailing and is the difference between these two plan choices mostly their carrying capacity?
Thanks, in advance.