I'm going to include the epic life story thing here in order to explain myself, but to spare you the pain I'll get to the boat idea first...and for consistency I'll try to stick to metric
I have a boat in mind and would very much appreciate comments on how feasible it might be and any problems you see.
Intended use coastal cruising east coast Australia 1 - 2 people staying close inshore and island hopping.
7 meters by 2.9 meters to fit into australia's "new" oversize towing rules
.7 hull beam and about .35 draft plus LAR keels, tornadoish hull shapes, vertical bows.
1.8 headroom in the hulls, .4ish bridgedeck clearance
deck to bow (no nets) but high forward, maybe 1 - 1.2ish
transom hung rudders, jarcat style cockpit stepped mast,maybe 8m, small boomless main and large jib, prout/jarcat style rig. 4hp aux. Foam sandwich construction.
So here's where the life story starts:
I've wanted the same boat for the last 15 years. Unfortunately just the right thing doesn't exist. I keep convincing myself this boat or that will do the job, often I catch myself before I open my wallet, sometimes not and end up selling the thing some time later when I realise my mistake. Also a lot of the second hand boats around need a lot of work, and for the cost of buying and putting right you'd ALMOST consider new.
So while contemplating a painfully cheap prout sirocco in the UK the other day (shipping kills it) I had a poke around some hirondelle stuff and remembering the changes to australian towing laws had a thought...
What I'd like is a small multihull, just big enough to cruise the coast, marina hopping where possible and always able to run for sheltered water. It should be big enough for 2, ideally have a comfortable double, enclosed head and optionally a shower. It should be simple, and ideally be able to be stored in my front yard and towed the 2 kilometers to my local boat ramp. Yes it's a long way down the brisbane river to open water but I can live with that given the cost, maintenance and security advantages of having the boat at home.
I realise a hirondelle size boat is going to have cramped accommodation, and I realise it's seaworthiness and comfort under way will be limited. Life is a compromise and until someone comes up with a boat that sails like a tornado has the accomodations of a gunboat, towes like a surf cat and costs about the same as an old hobie 14 well you gotta sacrifice something...
Obviously the numbers above are a bit odd in order to fit the towing requirement but some calculations proved interesting. The 7 m waterline to 2.9 beam is almost exactly the same as a little barrier/J6/Waller 6.7. The shadow this boat casts on the water is 25% bigger than a jarcat J6/LB. I guess we all already know that you make a boat a bit longer and it gets a lot bigger. This boat seems small enough to be doable and not end up another broken 12 meter dream turned money pit and nightmare...
So am I mad ? Anyone have any thoughts ?