I'm just interested in what it takes to put carbon on a boat.
The Bufflehead is inherently limited due to minimal beam, the Mellonseed appears to be somewhat limited due to low freeboard.
I could easily build in birdsmouth and probably be happy with either boat.
I'm also thinking about a small tri (17') and have a Tornado rig I might use. The real negative for me is that the rigged aluminum mast weighs about 60# which was a load to throw up when I was 30.
In spite of working with composite on aircraft parts, I really don't have a feel for the cost and performance benefits on a boat. Better, but more expensive is about my limited understanding.
So I might do carbon on a small scale just to see what it is like. Unless the sticker shock is too bad.
Any comments on the Mellonseed build?
Any personal knowledge of vendors for the carbon mast?