I had an interesting meeting yesterday, courtesy of Old Friend Frank Pedersen and a variety of invited vagabonds.
Here's the concept, or at least the starting point for our meeting:
"Beer, chips, and designing a boat for the Great Recession."
While imbibing and inhaling the first and the second elements, we got down to the third:
Buying used Solings, preferably those that are destined for the recycle bin anyway.
Salvaging the keel, rig, deck hardware, and sails.
That's the starting point.
Design a (wooden) boat with the requirement that it must use the extant rig and keel. No, you can't modify those elements beyond fairing, etc.
Two parts: the design and on-water performance.
I love this idea. Keep it simple. Please don't suggest complicated rules.
No box rule.
So... what do you think? Should that be our next Design Challenge?
(Matt wanted to add the Rhodes 19, but I think then it gets too confusing -- to have two different Design Challenges going on.)
And please don't buy up all the used Solings on the market -- yet. We haven't decided -- yet.
And, more truly: NO ONE feels like commenting on the S23 I wrote about for MWBotW yesterday? You know what happens when you fail to respond: I give you another Ark.
Cheers, Frank: It's such a grand and simple idea.
Thanks so much, Carl