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weekender/vacationer question

ok. i have a question that's been on my mind. why do i seem to see so many disparaging comments about weekenders/vacationers? admitedly, their keel seems a bit backwards. however, i have seen videos of owners sailing them and they appear to sail well and i have seen some nice ones, like the following ones:




so, what's the reason for the rancor?

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here is one sailing. if i saw the top one, in the first post, for sale and i was in the market and the price was good, i'd buy it. i'd rather the sail be loose footed instead of lashed to the boom but that's no big deal.

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Re: weekender/vacationer question

I agree, the top one is beautiful

How's the boat coming along, post some pictures

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I agree, the top one is beautiful

How's the boat coming along, post some pictures
well, the recent weather isn't helping me out much.

i will take some more pics in a week or so. i replaced a damaged stanchion, have done a lot of paint scraping, and built a new companionway hatch out of azak. i am presently making the new sliding doors to replace the ones missing, inside. i replaced the gooseneck. it was a bit sloppy. the holes were all egged out. i am getting ready to build my new composting head. that ought to be cool. not going store bought. why buy what you can make? going to use azak for that, too.

but the extreme cold is keeping me from painting or anything that needs moderate temps and can't be done in my basement. the snow has gotten in the way, too. if i can't get there on the weekend...

i have a job that i will complete in a week, or so, that's going to land a decent pay day. at that time i will be buying the wiring supplies, and some nice interior lights, and will start the rewiring process.

i should be done with all the 'fine' wood stuff, like the doors, this week. if the temps warm up, i will sand and restain all of the interior wood, at that time.

i have been doing a lot of planning and research. i have drawn blueprints for the new coach roof, to replace the pop top. but i can't fiberglass because of the cold. so, it's no use to build it, now, and have it cluttering up the already cluttered basement til warmer weather.

if the cold holds out, i will begin constructing the new folding dining table. it is missing the table it came with. i have designed a different one that will give me more interior room than the factory one. hopefully, after that, the weather will allow me to do all the temperature sensitive stuff.

once i paint the interior, i can install the new interior lights.

still deciding on some of the interior stuff. there is a space opposite the head area that looks like it may have had shelving. i am considering building an enclosed shelf locker, there. it would be a short one because there is a porthole, there.

also considering adding a nav table to the side of the counter, on the starboard side. one that folds down. also trying to decide where and how i want to mount the radio and the AC converter, i am going to buy for her.

stll very undecided about a motor. i am leaning towards motorless but considering electric, 2 stroke, or diesel. but all three of them seem more expensive than i think they are worth...worth to me. how often would i actually use a motor? probably not much. i went 18 years without ever using one. so, i really don't put a motor in a place of high value. but, of course, everyone thinks you are crazy and headed for certain doom if you don't have one. so, i am still mulling that one over.

considering whether or not to change from a tiller to a wheel. i would build my own system. notice how clear and uncluttered the top weekender's cockpit is? now imagine it with a tiller running through pretty near the entire thing. that's my boat. so, i have been considering. going to try shortening the tiller, first, but the more i think of it the more i like the idea of doing a wheel. but, i have never used one to know if i would like it.

once the weather clears, i have a rigger that's going to go aloft and inspect, for me. he is also going to tune my stays and hook me up with all new, quality lines. his prices seem fair, too.

alsoo, making my plans for when i haul her, after it warms up. i have a good bit to do and not a lot of time on the hard to do it. i have to make sure i have my ducks in a row.

so, i am spending entirely too much time with the boat on my mind

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Re: weekender/vacationer question

Jack,

MANY years ago I built a weekender! It was a fun project but took me way to long. I posted info on my web page at;
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I suspect some of the negative reports may be due to the fact they are home built. Not everyone is capable of doing the best job.

Looking back on it all,the one I built sailed OK, but was not all that stable. And YES, I would make the main loose footed and NEVER cleat it off! The boat will not sink, but once full of water, it sits so low it can not be bailed out. Don't ask how I know this!

I still have my original plans. Once I was finished I wrote a couple of articles about it that were published in a couple of places.

And when finished, I found I wanted a bigger boat.

I sure do LOVE the looks of them!!!



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Jack,

MANY years ago I built a weekender! It was a fun project but took me way to long. I posted info on my web page at;
Guenevere's Projects, Raphael



I suspect some of the negative reports may be due to the fact they are home built. Not everyone is capable of doing the best job.

Looking back on it all,the one I built sailed OK, but was not all that stable. And YES, I would make the main loose footed and NEVER cleat it off! The boat will not sink, but once full of water, it sits so low it can not be bailed out. Don't ask how I know this!

I still have my original plans. Once I was finished I wrote a couple of articles about it that were published in a couple of places.

And when finished, I found I wanted a bigger boat.

I sure do LOVE the looks of them!!!



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i do too and have often wondered if you could scale it up. i would expect that they have dinghy like stability issues. they aren't huge or overly heavy.

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