Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Yacht Question From Author
Something else to think about (or not), the boat you are using as a model would certainly be considered to be a yacht in finish and purpose. A yacht at the time would likely have had paid crew. Building yachts requires additional skills beyond what would be needed to build a working boat (either could cross oceans if stout enough). Without knowing anything about the Portuguese boat builders I don't know which they would build, but I suspect it would be more of a workboat than a yacht.
BTW, have you looked at the Voyage of the Snark by Jack London. It is a non-fiction book about the building of his 45' yacht and subsequent voyage to the South Pacific. The Snark was built in Oakland and its launch was delayed by the 1906 earthquake. Probably a boat very much like the one you want.
Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Ainia is back in North America for the first time since 2010. Currently in Long Island Sound.