Simple boat

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by weedeater64, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. weedeater64
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    weedeater64 Junior Member

    I really like Wharram's Child of the Sea.
    I am giving some serious thought to building a boat.
    I was wondering? Does anyone know of a design similar to child of the sea, but shorter, around 28 to 30 feet?

    I can't help but wonder why I shouldn't just get some wood and start building, planning as I go, without buying a design. I mean I know I could get somewhere near the shape of that boat just from pics and reading about what others have done.. Perhaps not highly engineered, but I'm confident I could get a boat that would float and sail, though it may be last across the line at a race. I'm not concerned with that though, I want something that will be strong, simple, easy to build and maintain.
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Two things can happen: You will build a boat fast, cheap and easy to maintain. or you are the typical dreamer that will take years to build a crapper that will fall apart in short time. The only way to find out is to do it.
  3. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Something strong, simple and easy to maintain requires considerable designing skill, which you're post suggests you don't own.

    Yea, it's a piece of cake, anyone can do it and why people pay professionals anything at is beyond me. I say go for it and let us know how launching day turns out. A tip to the inexperienced, paint your waterline after you've launched, not before.
  4. bill broome
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    bill broome Senior Member

    keep your eyes open for a tiki 26, one will come on the market before you can build a boat. buy it, sail it, think about how to improve it.

    a modern rig, and dagger boards would come to my mind, but they are good boats as is. don't be in a hurry to try to improve on the professionals, it's a good way to burn money and time.

    if you absolutely have to build one, give richard woods some money for 'surfsong' plans, it's a modernized wharram about the size you are looking for.

  5. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    Plan first, I mean REALLY PLAN FIRST, before you start building. It will save you a lot of grief.
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