Prospective sailboat build!!!

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by DavyJonesWood, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. DavyJonesWood
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    DavyJonesWood New Member

    I am deciding on a boat design to build and would like an opinion on Devlin's Sooty Tern. I will try to upload design plans but here is the web link to the boat: http://store.devlinboat.com/sootytern.aspx

    I love the look of the boat and the stitch and glue build method, but I'd like some opinions on the design and rigging of the boat. She will be sailed mostly in protected waters, but will also be sailing along the coast of Florida and to the Bahamas. Thanks for any feedback! Please advise!
     
  2. Tad
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  3. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Welcome to the forum.

    If this is your first build, than it's a very ambitious project to say the least. I see many hundreds of hours (okay thousands for the backyard builder) in a build like this. How much boat building experience do you have?
     
  4. rwatson
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    I also note that Sam doesnt have any completed boats in the photo section. I would be keen to buy plans for a boat that has been built at least a couple of times. Plans for unbuilt boats tend to require 'de-bugging' unless there has been feedback from previous builders.

    I have had personal reports of slow responses from Sam on one of his untried designs by a commercial wooden boat builder in past.
     
  5. pdwiley
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    pdwiley Senior Member

    Yeah - why be the pioneer with the arrows in the back.....

    BTW - how are your custom plans coming along, again?

    PDW
     
  6. rwatson
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    Yes - that should have been *NOT*. Good to see someone paying attention :)

    Plans are complex and take a lot of effort, and many re-writes to become reliable.

    After a fair financial investment, and several hundred hours invested in learning Rhino CAD, there have been very few projects over the last few years where I havnt designed the hell out of the thing long before I pick up any tools.

    Thats why I consider myself extremely qualified on discussing finding errors in designs :)

    Mind you, the mistakes I would have made by having no plans would have been vastly increased.
     

  7. pdwiley
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    pdwiley Senior Member

    Well, I bought my plans for a boat that had been built many times by the designer. How many designers actually build their own designs these days?

    There was still a lot of scope for creative interpretation though. Fortunately the scope for screwing up is reducing nicely.

    But generally I prefer to work on the 'weld, measure, curse, cut, re-weld & grind back' system. It saves a lot of thinking and keeps the welding consumable businesses viable.

    PDW
     
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