rwatson suggested building a dingy first.
This is solid, proven good advise. It typically yields a better second boat in less time and with less...
Go troll somewhere else.
There is a lot I like about the design. Would like to see one in person.
Who doesn't want a hot, noisey mast oozing oily soot out of every fastener? You can tell people that the patina on the sails is traditional too.
A dry stack on a sail boat?
Just finishing the fit out will stiffen her up as she settles to her designed waterline. How much? That is the question. I suggest you load her to...
You need a six inch toe rail on the side decks and grab rails on the cabin top.
You say "I can do everything I need to from the V birth hatch."...
KeithO, first you must ask yourself whether you want to spend your golden years building a boat or to actually be out there on a boat.
I'd try to catch a ride on another converted sailboat. I've heard they will roll your guts out.
Almost any boat can be made better by lengthening it.
If you are, for instance, considering 10'-12' go with 13'.
OK, I exaggerate a little but not...
Run, Forrest, run!
The boat is a liability, not an asset. You would become responsible for it's transport and disposal after you had sold your...
If you have never built a boat before build a dinghy first. Seriously.
The stacks are likely part of the engine room ventilation system in addition to protecting the hot exhaust pipes.
The new direct injection two strokes will die on just an oil-gas mix. They have oil pumps and reuse lube oil. Laying it down will kill it.
The widow was very lucky to have some hapless schmuck give her that much for that mess.
I'm suspect of a designer that would steer you toward a burdensome tub rather than an efficient hull with better proportions for a cruiser.
Think about an outboard hanging off the stern of a sailboat in choppy or breaking seas, out of the water and then flooded, alternatively. Backing...
My condolences to the family.