The dreaming, the building, the launch and the adventures - it's all good. I can't say that the dreaming is done, but the building is under way. Our current daysailer, a Fulmar is still as much of a joy as the day she was launched in 2003. However, "Let's Went" can sometimes be a handful for Sue and I as we enter into geezer status. The dreaming component of this build was bounded by a few "musts and wants". Musts: 1) She has to be much less reliant on human ballast. 2) Must be fun and capable under sail. 3) Has to be relatively easy to trailer (rig has 4500 lbs tow capacity). 4) Must have a cuddy that enables weekending and use in moderately inclement weather. 5) She needs to have the maximum LWL that will fit into my limited shop space.
I could have settled on any number of boats. Besides the 170, boats that really caught my attention were the 166, Romilly, Meaban, Beniguet, Kotik, Eun Na Mara and Cape Henry.
The lofting got off to a slow start last spring. Perhaps I turned a little bit mental during that process, but it was a good way to become more familiar with the boat. As of yesterday, I've begun fairing the ribbands.
I'll commit an egregious jinx and claim that launch will be in 2 years. Ha Ha