My wife says I'm too picky. Well,, she's been the biggest beneficiary of that, if true. However I just don't understand why so many people settle for boats that are such a flaming PITA. I've sailed a bunch of different boats and they're all too heavy, too slow, too complicated, take to long to rig/launch, etc etc.
When you start getting closer to the people who design & build boats, you start to understand why this is so. The designers/builders have a totally different set of priorities, of which the first obviously has to be that they need to make a living. But you see design after design that is intended to be .001kt faster than the last one, or have slightly cooler-shaped windows & a bigger head to make it easier to sell to non-sailing wives (while at the same time cutting down the cost to produce by 15%), etc etc. They could give less than a tiny rat's patooty how PRACTICAL the boat(s) are to use & sail.
Now some people really get off on that last hundredth-of-a-knot of speed. Fine, the advances made in design generally benefit us all in the long run. The endpoint is boats like the A-class cat, which look more like spaceships nowadays. Or the 505 with double adjustable carbon fiber -everything-. Cool yes but not what I want to park at my dock for an easy spur-of-the-moment afternoon daysail.
I happen to like self-bailing boats. Or self-draining boats, in other words a boat that the water will not collect in. Sloshing around your ankles, leaving the sheets and your lunch bag soaked in whatever you've been sailing in (generally not appetizing), dirt & mildew & a crust of salt always present. Plus you have to bail the friggin' thing while sailing. Sailing is fun. Bailing, while it is an elementary act of seamanship & builds character, is not fun.
There are lots of self-bailing boats, in fact I recently bought one to keep in the backyard and have really enjoyed sailing it (Capri Cyclone see thread here). Many including myself followed the Shaw 4.0 design/built thread, and while I think that's a nice enough boat it's a bit odd-looking and very expensive.
More recently there has been a discussion about home built singlehanders, at which I brought up my gripe about not being self bailing. I posted a brief on how it would be almost as easy to build a self-bailer as not, but it wasn't really much of a design.
This is much closer to a finished design. 13'6"or 4.15m LOA, I think the hull could built to weigh around 110 lbs and be plenty durable, stable enough to not be too tricky around docks, fast enough to be fun (I think the hull shown would plane like a sum-va-beech). Needs a cool name though.
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It also shouldn't be difficult to build. Here's a look at the frames & cockpit floor, plus 3 temporary frames to put the hull panels take the right shape (it might only need 2). The chine panels are wide enough that they could go on after the sides and still be able to reach inside for fit/finish work.
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It's not as nice as some boats, for example Keither Callaghan's Hadron, but that's going to be a bigger & more expensive boat, more pieces to assemble, and it's not self-bailing (grumble grumble).
So! there it is