Re: Design Suggestions: Traditional Trailerable Day Sailor
I second Kenjamin's idea above -- why not build something that there is an immediate need for, and is actively being raced? Your builders wouldn't be racing her, of course, but you might get some positive interaction between builders and boaters once the boats get finished.
Don't get me wrong, I love sailing small boats. But considering where you'd be boating and/or launching, perhaps a performance pulling boat with immediate resale value might be a better fit for everyone concerned.
Traditional carvel is becoming rare these days, particularly for trailered daysailors. If you have to go trad, building solid wood lapstrake might develop even more skills and again produce something with greater resale value. Oughtred has at least one design that has been built from solid wood as well as marine ply.
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