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Stuff4Toys

Looking for a cool little one design sport boat plans or kit 16' -

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Looking for a cool one design sport boat kit or plans. GRP, foam core sandwich, prefer not plywood.

 

Little smaller than an Open 6.5 or Pogo, needs to be slightly less than 8' wide and 16' - 22' long. 470, 500, 570 or something similar.

 

My garage door is exactly 96" wide and 96" tall so anything wider must fit through the door on a diagonal.

 

TIA

JOhn ><>

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i550. Plastic boats are welcomed. There is one sailing now in Florida and another closing in on finishing in Jacksonville.

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I guess I should specify the MOST important spec besides making it through an 8 x 8 doorway, is that it needs a 5' or less draft with a lifting keel.

 

the west coast of Florida is really just a flooded mangrove swamp, and Charlotte Harbor (the best place to sail in SW Florida) average depth is only about 5-8 feet.

 

Currently sailing a boat that's 5' draft and you learn real quick where your boundaries are.

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i550: keel ballast bulb 49.6 inches max from hull surface + 8 inches draft of hull at keel frames = less than 5 feet.

 

The max beam is 8 feet. most of the builders so far have rounded the gunwales of the widely flared topsides. So in that case you get about an inch or two of grace on the 8 foot width of the shop door.

 

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Hope that I do not come across as a junkyard dog pushing the i550 on you, but here are a few references of a boat the Gougeon Brothers built for the 2011 Everglades Challenge. Hot Canary is a modified i550 that needed to be launched from the beach, so they used a weighted keel foil without a bulb.This allowed it to be pulled up flush with the hull. In the last picture below, an i550 with the keel/ bulb retracted would be floating in knee deep water.

 

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Sailing Anarchy Forum: Watertribe Everglades Challenge 2011 has started

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=119477

 

West System Epoxy: Everglades Challenge & Building the i550 Hot Canary

http://www.epoxyworks.com/32/pdf/Everglades%20Challenge.pdf

http://www.epoxyworks.com/32/pdf/Building%20i550%20Hot%20Canary.pdf

 

And the famous West System video - How to build an i550 in just 3 minutes. It has over 200K views!

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/i550-time-lapse/

 

There are a number of plan holders/builders in the SE and a new #468 plan owner is north of you in Clearwater. As for the 8' door, we have had an builder that need to think like Gibs to get the boat out of the shop. There is a plywood cored boat that has been racing in Florida for three seasons. PM if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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An I550 fits your bill perfectly.

 

Has a great online community of owners/builders too so plenty of info to help you along/solve any problems you might encounter along the way

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Currently sailing a Lindenberg 22, I am not totally opposed to sailing a flat bottom boat, but thinking about more rounded chines like a mini or Hunter 18.

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A nice design for sailing and building comes from colson design in qld Australia ; 550 multichine is one of his latest !

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Happy bithday Stuff4Toys. Your decision comes down to how you intend to use the boat. Both could be fun.

 

The SB18 design was a follow up to the Marc Lombard – Randonneur 550 design that Bateau previously sold and it came out after the first i550 was sailing (Tokyo Trash Babe). The i550 and SB18 are similar. Both are 18 feet with an 8 foot beam. The SB is a 5 panel design (rounder section) where the i550 is a 3 panel design (narrow water line, wide faired to the deck). The weight of the SB18 is heavier with 365# lead in the bulb (More fun pulling it up). If you use the SB18 “large” main, the up wind sail area is about equal, but downwind the i550 has much more sail area with a masthead Asym spinnaker. SB18 looks like it should be sailed flat were the i550 is design to be sailed at an angle. This reduces the keel depth and with a flatter section aft the i550 should plan sooner.

 

The closest completed i550 to you is in Merritt Island Fl and the nearest known completed SB18 is in Houston/ Galveston Texas. Another SB18 recently launched in Washington State where I would expect to see the first SB18 vs. i550 race.

 

The i550 difference comes with over 500 plans sold, number of boats being built (I’m following over 60), and the many builders willing to share information. The SE has 27 plans owners, with 6 know boats being built. If Totalxs would just put his boat in the water there would be a second boat in Florida sailing. There are two more in the Chesapeake Bay nearing completion with one having a foam core deck. I’m in South Carolina and trying to get her completed, but my other job keeps getting in the way.

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Thanks for the Birthday greetings. There are so many little boats out there, and my boat building knowledge is limited currently to dreams. Ultimately one of the 6.50 mini's would be my goal, but my current situation is limiting me to a smaller boat.

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How about a Seascape 18?

http://www.seascape18.com/blog/

 

Not sure that it really is as hot a sailer as a sportboat but it's cool-looking and practical.

 

And of course it's been discussed here

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=77311

 

FB- Doug

Now that's what I am talking about, but it does not appear to be a kit??

JOhn ><>

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A nice design for sailing and building comes from colson design in qld Australia ; 550 multichine is one of his latest !

I like the Spider 550 are there plans available for that design?

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How about a Seascape 18?

http://www.seascape18.com/blog/

 

Not sure that it really is as hot a sailer as a sportboat but it's cool-looking and practical.

 

And of course it's been discussed here

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=77311

 

FB- Doug

Now that's what I am talking about, but it does not appear to be a kit??

JOhn ><>

 

 

Oops my bad-

I thought you wanted NOT a kit.

The Spider 550 does look like a great little boat too, the builder pulled molds off a homebuilt but nothings says whether or not it's avalable as a kit. You might try contacting the builder and see if he'll ship you a hull & deck to finish.

 

FB- Doug

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And I might be mixing metaphors here, not looking for a "kit" either, looking for plans to build a boat that might turn into a production model in the future.

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The i550 is definitely in the running, can't get over the angle of the hull sides though. Like the Leech 6.5 Sportboat, but the draft is too deep. Need 5' or less.

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you could call Leech

 

the resultant ( software) kit would speed up the build process by months and months

 

tell him you want it shaped like a shaw or VX and not a french RTW boat

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Have a look back through the Leech thread - the Noosa guy with the red leech has a custom keel that does either 4 or 6 feet depending on where he's sailing.

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Have a look back through the Leech thread - the Noosa guy with the red leech has a custom keel that does either 4 or 6 feet depending on where he's sailing.

I went through that talking with Dudley Dix about his mini 6.5, need a carbon mast and more weight in the keel and you can do it.

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Just turbo that L22....

 

Tall rig

Carbon mast & boom

Bulb keel

Aarticulating sprit

Re-shape that skeg and longboard those chines.

Plumb that bow just a little bit more.

Saw out those cockpit seats and drop the traveller to the floor.

 

That'll all fit in your garage.

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