Cross post from "Southern Cross" post. This was triggered by a comparison between a boat that forumite Peter Sibley is proposing, thats a full keeled 24 ft gaff yawl, and Souther Cross which is a 12 ft SCAMP with yawl rig and special high latitude features. I'd guess that Southern Cross is about 25% of the build of the larger boat, thats labour time, cost and actual volume.
"I think that a thread based on the balance between a longer more costly build, the boat having more space on board, and a smaller less costly, quicker build which enables the builder to get out there sailing might be a fun discussion. SCAMP, is a bigger build than most 12 footers, and Southern Cross with her kevlar hull liner and all the special features even more than other SCAMPs but she's still a much quicker build than that lovely little ship of Peters, the question it raises, is, " Are you building a boat for the fun of building a boat, or are you building to go sailing in a boat that you've created>".
I'll go and start the new thread now."
So which would you do,? Lin Pardey said, "go small, go simple, go now". I'm inclined to agree.
Of course its easiest to just go and buy a boat thats ready to go, but thats not what this thread is about.