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post #4 of Old 10-03-2006
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Hi Zach-
If you plan on re-inventing the wheel, and want to sell it afterwards, it's better to have a really good one. Guys graduate from a number of intstitutions like MIT (you may have heard of it, being from Massachusetts) , with degrees in Naval Architecture, and know better than to beat themselves over the head with designing the quintessential sailing dinghy or daysailer. At the same time, outfits like Vanguard are killing themselves to find the best boat they can sell to the most people. Your best route may be to examine a number of different designs firsthand, by sailing them and by examining their plans, to determine a boat that suits you and your location best. If you're interested in wood, Mystic Seaport has many plans as well as actual boats that can be sailed. Woodenboat may provide some additional ideas and opportunities. Building a boat takes a long time, but is worth it if you want the boat you end up with. There are lots of options. Explore them before taking the plunge. (You're an engineer - err on the side of caution!)
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