Re: The tradeoff between a small quick build and a bigger longer build
I've been thinking a bit about where I fit in along the line from small to big and maybe I'm just an outlier.
15 or so years ago I went looking for a small house on a bit of land so I could build a shop to make stuff. Not just boats, though they were on the list of neat things I thought I could do in a nice shop. Fast forward a few years and the shop was done so I restored an old car and built a little boat to see what it was like with the idea that maybe I'd one day build myself a bigger one with enough creature comforts to stay out for extended periods of time. That first boat was good so I built another slightly larger boat to learn a few more things that helped build the next (bigger again) and current boat that I plan on sailing for a number of years while I build another house and then get going on what I view as my thesis project, a traditional carvel planked cruiser in the 24-26 foot range. (Peter and I have been looking at the same class of boats for a few years now). For me it is as much about the journey from lumber yard to hull, from bronze ingot to custom hardware and sheets of sail cloth to sail as it is about that magic moment when it all comes together as this thing I've built catches the breeze, heels over and runs out of the harbor with a bone in her teeth.
"Hello, my name is Steve and I'm a serial builder."
Boats, like whiskey, are all good.