-Men at Work
Objectively, I know three things.
1. Owning a boat is not rational.
2. Building a boat is even less rational
3. Least rational is designing the boat and THEN building it.
Where do I sign up?
Way back in Blog Post One, I threw out this line:
"Maybe I might even find the answer to a dilemma I'm facing.",
hoping somebody might take the bait.
Alas, not even a nibble, so I guess I gotta end the suspense unprompted and unprovoked.
Here's the deal:
SWMBO and I love Whiskeyjack. We also enjoy Legacy. We love the Dock where we spend our summers. But...
There's always a but, isn't there?
We want more space in one package, without having to leave the Dock because we exceed the max length. 26 feet(ish) is the magic number. It's great to have living space on two boats in one location, but when the dock is in our wake, we can't take both boats with us. Well, we could, but that is an absolutely overly complicated and utterly stupid solution, even for me.
So, last weekend, deep into a six pack of Neustadt Springs 10W30, I realized that if we can't go LONGER, we gotta go WIDER. I began planning, and sketching and thinking and next thing I know I realize what we really need...
... is a catamaran!
Right then, is there a production cat that meets our length spec?
The Catalac 8M might just do it, but $30K+ is big dosh.
Or a Heavenly Twins... rare on this side of the big water. A Hirondelle is too cramped...
So, we need to build one!
Okay, let's cost this out, and then let's double it, and then let's work up a schedule and then triple it and then...
and then I bought a parts boat. Now I'm committed.
First sketch off the drawing board:
Basic design parameters-
Plywood, stitch and glue construction.
Max 26 ft. length, 14 ft. beam, 2 ft. draft.
Accomodation for four, five in a pinch, with a queen size berth forward, single aft in port hull, dinette coverts to another single or cozy double.
Head aft in starboard hull..
Full headroom in hulls, 5 feet on bridge deck.
Deck stepped rig.
Budget: Four figures. Low four figures.
Schedule: 500 man hours to be rigged, in water and sailing, another 500 hours to full fit-out and finish.
On Friday I picked up some basswood and over the weekend started building a 1:20 scale model. to prove the concept. To date hulls are built and bulkheads installed. Now, if it was only as simple as scaling up the time by a factor of 20, I'd be damn near finished by mid January!
As always, your input is appreciated.
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