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.