I want to build something
I want to build something under 25 ft., but I don't know much about design of small sailing water craft. I am having a hard time choosing something without knowing relative terms, and other things that I donít know, that I donít know about boats. Looking for reference on design for small sailing craft.
I don't want to design a boat. Just want to make informed decision on what to build. As of today I am sailing a International Star 1953 woody. Jet 14 cold moulded Mahogany, and a Prindle 18. Donít say any thing bad about any of my girls.
Thinking of building either a Dark Harbor 12 1/2, Luders 16, Water Lily, the Biscayne Bay 14, Buzzards Bay 15, Alden O-Boats, or Haven 12 1/2. Are there any others that would meet my criteria, or does one of these stand out as a fit, or not. I would like to build all of the above, but must pick one.
I think my criteria are:
Seating: For two - four
Construction: Not looking for something easy.
Materials: Mahogany or cedar over white oak.
Rigging: Easy to rig from trailer for one who sails alone sometimes. I set a 36í mast on my star alone, taller would become a problem.
Location of sailing: Inland lakes and Missouri Rivers.
Motor: Solar outboard electric, battery, with amorphous silicon thin film collectors. Or 4 hp outboard.
Winds: Low, high, and gusty, in the spring you donít let lose of your sheet lines often.
Draft: Shallow, with swing keel, a fixed keel is not out of the question.
Weight: ? Light as a feather. To tow with F 150 truck, or 250 van.
Name: Melissa or Quiver
I love to teach, and would use this boat for that also.
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