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post #9 of Old 01-22-2011
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I admire Atkin designs, and they have a following. I think there is even an Atkin Forum on yahoo. I also like the Gartside Cutter, though I've never sailed on either. Wood boats, especially home built ones, can be hard to sell. I've owned four, and still sail on one. All of mine are professionally built. I have built some small boats for my own use. If you build what you really want, and you are patient in selling you may be alright. Generally small schooners do not perform as well as modern sailors expect. Two sailors in my harbor built the boats they sail, a Malabar Schooner and a Mason cutter. Both took years but are happy with the results.
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