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Old 02-18-2003
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Project Boat vs Bare Hull

Depends a bit upon what you''re looking for in a boat. If you want a Concordia yawl, you''re not going to find a new hull (unless you build one yourself using a friend''s as a mold - no timesaving there!) If you want all new and have unlimited time to devote to finishing out a hull, great. I had a friend, a carpenter, who built his own 35'' ketch from scratch in his front yard. It took him about five years of weekends, evenings, and vacations, and he was an efficient and speedy professional with all the tools and friends he needed. In his books on boatbuilding, Ferenc Mate in does not spend much time discussing how long it all takes, and in completing a hull, you have to wait until it''s completed before being able to go anywhere. With a project boat, if its not too much of a project, you may be able to do some sailing between flurries of sawdust. Every boat''s a balancing act. Welcome to the circus!
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