Recently, I was tooling around on the internet, looking for information on Dickerson 50
sailboats. My next-door slipmate in Virginia was a beautiful example and I was made to understand that there were only two built in 1982. As she was designed by the same folks as my boat, Kaufman and Ladd of Annapolis, I was quite keen to learn a bit more about her. That's when I stumbled on an article from Offshore Navigator from January 2003 entitled "Reviving an Old Design
" about a guy who settled on the design as his choice for a new-build, offshore boat. He had the plans digitized and a hull shaped from the only remaining set of paper plans.
This got me to wondering about the feasibility (i.e. cost, availability of qualified and/or willing yards, etc.) of reviving an older design. I am in love with my hull (Skye 51
) but I often wonder what the boat would be like with a few tweaks. For example, I have done quite a bit of sailing in higher latitudes in a boat that, while very strong, was not really designed with that in mind. What a difference a smaller cockpit, lower entry to companion way, aluminum hull would make in those conditions!
That lead me to a few more questions and, at the risk of overloading a thread, maybe someone out there can provide some answers to these questions:
-How straightforward is it to convert an older design, fiberglass hull plans into a one-off aluminum new-build?
-Does anyone have experience with such a project and could recommend resources?
-Would one of the big yards (Kanter, etc.) be interested or would it be a smaller outfit?
Any other thoughts or comments on the process.
It's just wishful thinking at the moment but if I win the Powerball...