Sailingdog, Tartan34c , pigslo
Thanks for your eye-opener post..you sure bite hard (sialingdog
). youre right in alot of what you said..particularly that i lack of what the reality of marine industry and its associated costs is all aboyt ..thats a fact. But where does this leave me?..i still think it could be done and its almost like an obsession..a vision or concept that i woulk like to see happen, and quickly..maybe thats the problem..some have described me as too idealistic others as naive..and now unrealistic..but thats the story of my life..i did a lot of reading in the direction Tartan34c pointed out..particullarly some of the reports in the FAO of the UN..and particularly the report titled "fishing boat construction:2-Building a fiberglass fishing boat"..yeah sure thing ,this is a complicated issue..so like you both pointed out ,one needs to accomplish this -if at all possible- one criteria at a time..and hey, believe it or not i started already..i had my 24ft motorboat out (have it for almost 15 years, mainly fishing) , basically for anti fouling and periodic maintenance of its 2 yamaha 4-stroke engines...so i asked them alo to remove the whole floor..including the floor of its its small cabin..and will calculate how much foam i need to add to make it unsinkable and self-bailing..the rest of the ceiteria will have be looked into in the future.
So i decided to make my current boat a ginea pig to experiment on..while i continue my intensive reading on the "how to do it" ..i already feel i have the needed theoretical information - altho you can always learn more, just like how much more info i learnt from you guys and all who posted in the past few days.
pigslo, its amazing what you mentioned in your post..because in many ways thats how this whole thing started...i do have another boat, a Macgregor 26M..which i bought about 2 years ago, the reason i bought it is after hearing about people stranded because of engine failure..it occured to me that it would be nice to have a motroboat that could sail in case of engine failure..i kept mentioning this to people untill someone mentioned the Macgregor, that it is a nice sailing boat that could cruise with its 50hp outboard at 20 to 25 knots! AND it is also unsinkable and is self-righting..and they send you a short video demonstrating all that...so i bought it..unfortunatly i could not use it for fishing the way i do it...and to cruise that fast you need to empty its water-ballast tank, and retract its dagger board and rudders....BUT, then it becomes very unstable, and off-shore could capsize easily (remember i mentioned with an empty ballast tank..but if its full its very stable and would never capsize)..actually the manufacturer reccommends to keep the ballast tank full at all times. Well at the time my experience with sailing was limited to hobby-cats,lasers, windsurfing and the like when going to resorts for vacation. And no immediate sailing schools to have a crach course so i bought all the videos,CDs and books relating to sailing i could find...in the process and i was gradually getting addicted to this fascinating sport, i got more involved in reading about the physics, meteorology, the waves and the wind..how this ingenius design evolved over thousands of years...so i did more sailing than fishing..learning more and more about the sciences related to it..and read the book "the perfect storm".which scared the heckout of me, and which the author mentioned the book "Oceonography and seamanship) by Van Don as his main reference for researching the data in his book..an excellent book...which led to me buying other books related to the matter: "Seaworthiness- the forgotten factor" by C.A. Marchaj, and "Heavy weather guide" by Kotsch and Henderson.
And one day while sailing it hit me..why cant motor boats be designed like this one: unsinkable, selfrighting, and with double propulsion systems (sail, and outboard)..and with all the info in my head tfrom he above books i had to add selfbailing. Affordability is relative thing.
Well, there you have it !!..i guess the above long post- i hope not too boring - would give some insight as to how im thinking and whats making me tick in that direction. That beside being a meticulous somewhat leaning to being slightly obscessive/compulsive when it comes to safty, Visualize MONK..the TV series? somethink like that !! ) and certain incidents in the sea , and the contents of those books, and the movie...i had to do something about it..that something is "the perfect boat" im deaming of spreading its concept allover..(with little success so far !!) !!!..