When we first decided to build a boat, we went to the library to do some research and to consider the questions of boatbuilding and boatdesign quite carefully. We knew we wanted to build in wood. We knew we wanted a large, comfortable cabin for long-term cruising. And after reading Practical Junk Rig
by H.G. "Blondie" Hasler & J.K. McLeod, and Voyaging on a Small Income
by Annie Hill, we were convinced that the junk-rig was the good-looking, practical, easy-to-sail boat that we had always sought.
So, 18 months later, we ended up with Moondancer, a 34-foot junk-rigged schooner. She has an 11-foot beam, and draws only four feet. We built the entire boat ourselves, based on a design by naval architect Jay Benford. Her hull consists of two layers of 3/8-inch marine plywood sheathed with Dynel cloth set in epoxy resin. In fact, Moondancer is a sistership to Badger, the boat that Pete and Annie Hill have sailed for 80,000 miles over the last decade.