Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Re: Help choosing the project and the designer/naval architect.
Outbound: I am reviewing some of my initial premises and hull material is among them. Also, I have been reading a lot about aluminum, specially about galvanic corrosion, and a few issues that people tend to link only to aluminum boats, but they are present in steel as well and in some extension in fiberglass. As far as size goes, I am still thinking about what would be the “ideal” size, and I believe it is directly linked to the choice of material: the heavier boat, the harder it will be to single hand it. Therefore, if size matters to comfort, an aluminum boat would preferable. I saw some nice OVNIs built in France!
Faster: I figured that! Size also represents sailing autonomy and comfort, so it is hard to balance ongoing costs with these 2. They are very hard to consider…..
PCP: Agreed. I have reviewed a few projects designed from some of the NAs you pointed me to and they are really great and well thought out. Great comfort on the 45-50 range, and with weight reduction, it will increase autonomy considerably when compared to steel. I must confess that my initial concerns about aluminum are almost gone away, but on trip repair (especially in some forgotten but beautiful beach surrounded by “natural beauties”) might be a bitch due to equipment and environment!